Max Jukes lived in the state of New York. He did not believe in Christian training. He married a girl with his same convictions. From this union there were 1,026 descendants. Out of this family, 300 died prematurely, 100 were sent to the penitentiary for an average of 13 years each, 190 were public prostitutes, 100 drunkards and the family cost the state $1,200,000.00. They made no contribution to society.
On the other hand…
Jonathan Edwards lived in the same state. He believed in Christian training. He married a girl with his same convictions. From this union there were 729 descendants. Out of this family, there were 300 preachers, 65 college professors, 13 university presidents, 60 authors of good books, 3 United States congressmen and 1 vice-president of the United States, (except for Aaron Burr, a grandson of Edwards who married a woman of questionable character), the family has not cost the state a single dollar.
What was the difference in the two families? Christian training in youth and heart conversions.