Two Legacies

The Story of Two Lives: There once was an atheist named Max Jukes who lived in the early 1740's in New England. He lived a godless, selfish life. He married an ungodly girl, and from the union there were 310 who died as paupers, 150 were criminals, 7 were murderers, 100 were drunkards, and more than half of the women were prostitutes. His 540 descendants cost the State one and a quarter million dollars. Known everywhere as a great American man of God, Jonathan Edwards lived at the same time as Max. Jonathan married a godly woman and established his profession as a preacher. During his pastoral career he spent time as one of the most famous preachers in his area, as one of the most unknown preachers in a backwoods pastorate, and as a missionary to the Indians. Yet, despite all of his time spent in the ministry, he intentionally set aside one hour a day with his own children to teach them God's Word. An investigation was made of 1,394 known descendants of Jonathan Edwards. Thirteen became college presidents, 65 were college professors, 3 became United States senators, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians, 75 army and navy officers, 100 preachers and missionaries, 60 authors of prominence, one a vice-president of the United States, 80 became public officials in other capacities, 295 college graduates, among whom were governors of states and ministers to foreign countries. His descendants did not cost the state a single penny. (Source: Al Sanders in Crisis in Morality!

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