Max Jukes, a resident of New York many decades ago, rejected the need for Christian training in his home, and married a wife of like mind. From this union, over 1000 descendants have been researched. Approximately 300 were convicted of crimes, serving an average of 13 years in prison. Nearly 200 became prostitutes, and 100 ended up alcoholics. There is no record that even one of their descendants made any notable contribution to society.
Jonathan Edwards, also from New York, firmly believed that Christian training in the home was imperative and married a woman of like conviction. From this union over 700 descendants have been studied. More than 250 became preachers, 65 served as college professors, 13 became university presidents, 60 authored notable books, 3 served as congressman, and one was elected vice-president of the United States.
It is no secret that our country suffers many ills, as evidenced by the proliferation of immoral, ungodly and violent people. Conversely, we are blessed with a substantial number of committed Christians that make a positive difference. What is the primary factor that determines whether individuals will make good or evil contributions to society? Early training in the home.
Never underestimate the value of teaching God’s word at home. Indeed, no preacher, elder, schoolteacher or coach can begin to approach the influence of parents in terms of instilling values in children. Since your children will only be under your direction for a few years, make the most of them by teaching your children about God every day.
“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
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