Jonathan Edwards Powerful Example of Leaving a Godly Legacy
Leaving a godly legacy for your children should be the goal of all Christian parenting. Although the faith and godliness of your children is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit, God often uses the influence of parents to make a great impact on their children.
A great example of this is Jonathan Edwards, the Puritan Preacher from the 1700s. Jonathan and his wife Sarah left a great godly legacy for his 11 children.
At the turn of the 20th century, American educator and pastor A.E. Winship decided to trace out the descendants of Jonathan Edwards almost 150 years after his death. His findings are astounding, especially when compared to a man known as Max Jukes. Jukes’ legacy came to the forefront when the family trees of 42 different men in the New York prison system traced back to him.
Jonathan Edwards’ godly legacy includes:
1 U.S. Vice-President,
3 U.S. Senators,
13 college presidents,
80 public office holders,
100 lawyers and
Max Jukes’ descendants included:
50 women of debauchery,
130 other convicts.
310 paupers (with over 2,300 years lived in poorhouses)
400 who were physically wrecked by indulgent living.
It was estimated that Max Juke’s descendants cost the state more than $1,250,000.
This is a powerful example showing how a parent’s leadership can have a profound effect on their children.
Information comes from “Jukes-Edwards A Study in Education and Heredity” written by A.E. Winship in 1900 and also used in the sermon “Leadership Defined” in the series Leadership: The Surprising Influence of a Godly Life.
The Open Book Forum in May is featuring “Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell” by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney.Author: Kevin Halloran. – Kevin blogs for Unlocking the Bible, loves reading, baseball, and coffee, and can be found on Twitter @Kp_Halloran or at KevinHalloran.net.
Sermon Series: Godly Character
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Date Posted: June 4th, 2012