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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Johnathan Edwards

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He entered Yale College at age 13 and graduated with honors.

He became a pastor, and his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God," started the Great Awakening, a revival that swept America, uniting the colonies prior to the Revolution.

He became President of Princeton College.

His name was Jonathan Edwards and he was born OCTOBER 5, 1703.

Jonathan Edwards married Sarah Pierrepont, and according to A Study in Education and Heredity by A.E. Winship (1900), their descendants included a U.S. Vice-President, 3 U.S. Senators, 3 governors, 3 mayors, 13 college presidents, 30 judges, 65 professors, 80 public office holders, 100 lawyers and 100 missionaries.

This same study examined a family known as "Jukes."

In 1877, while visiting New York's prisons, Richard Dugdale found inmates with 42 different last names all descending from one man, called "Max."

Born around 1720 of Dutch stock, Max was a hard drinker, idle, irreverent and uneducated. His descendants included 310 paupers, who, combined spent 2,300 years in poorhouses, 50 women of debauchery, 400 physically wrecked by indulgent living, 7 murderers, 60 thieves, and 130 other convicts.

The "Jukes" descendants cost the state more than $1,250,000.

This story depresses me.  I don't understand the current philosophy of good Christian men and women who decide to look the other way when young couples don't apply discipline and raise brats that will infect this world.  Every child matters!  Every home matters!  When you become lazy about helping your children succeed - the entire world suffers.  For every lazy, spoiled, selfish, unmannerly, ignorant, beer guzzling, perverted, ungodly life - there will be consequences for everyone.  We will suffer not only as the society that surrounds the low life....we will also suffer from their offspring.  Their descendants will cost us dearly for generations to come.  Every parent must understand that when you choose to have a child your abilities as a parent will impact society for hundreds of years.  You can't just say..."Oh well, he is what he is and I can't help it."  Saying that is the same as stabbing every decent person in the heart.

Can you tell this gets me worked up?  I'm sick to death of parents that ruin lives and then want to opt out of the blame with some lame excuse.  I'm sorry....there is no excuse for a parent to refuse to learn how to raise a decent adult.  There is no perfect parent and no perfect child.....but we do have the right to blame parents for not getting the information they need, for not trying and for not applying that information to their parenting skills. 

It's very long and some sections are hard to read....but for those that want a deeper understanding of God you must read Johnathan Edwards sermon, "Sinners in the hands of an angry God"  It sent me to my knees for a prayer session I will never forget.  No wonder this simple preacher who stood and simply read this sermon started a nationwide revival.  This sermon was anointed with heavenly power!

God loves you,


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