Blain Bartel in his book: Let me tell you what your teens are telling me, (p. 201-202) writes the following story:
- “I want to close with a true story that will inspire and motivate you. The first man was Max Jukes. He lived in the eighteenth century in New York and did not believe in Jesus Christ or profess to be a Christian. He refused to take his children to church, even when they asked to go. To date he has had approximately 560 descendants. Of these descendants, 310 died as paupers, 150 were criminals, 7 of them murderers, 100 were known to be alcoholics, and more than half of the women were prostitutes. Most of his descendants made no beneficial contribution to society and cost the U. S. government more than $1.25 million in 19th century dollars.
- The second man who lived in the same time period and in the same state was Jonathan Edwards. He was a minister who loved the Lord and saw that his children were in church every Sunday. He has had 1394 descendants. Of these, 295 were college graduates, of whom 13 became university presidents and 65 became professors. Three were elected as United States senators, 3 as state governors. One hundred because lawyers with 1 the dean of a law school, 30 judges, 75 officers in the military, and 100 well-known missionaries, preachers and authors. Another 80 held public office including 3 mayors of large cities, 1 comptroller of the U.S. Treasury, and 1 vice-president. His family never cost the country one cent, and they have contributed immeasurably to the quality of life in America.”
And explain to me now why you’re not planning on going to church tomorrow.