Mennonites believe strongly that Jesus taught his followers to love everyone, which means that killing someone else, even in war, is not a Jesus-like response. Most Mennonites do not participate in the military or war making. Mennonites do encourage young men and women to give a year or more of their lives in service to the good of humankind, and for all to practice forgiving love as they live each day. There is a cost to following this path: Jesus ultimately died as a pacifist, and many early Anabaptist believers were persecuted and killed for their beliefs. See more in Peace FAQS.