>Jonathan Edwards & the Jukes’ Study: The Results of Integrity

Posted: January 4, 2011 in Religion

>Jonathan Edwards:
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.”
Max Jukes, the atheist, lived a godless life. He married an ungodly girl, and from the union there were1,029 descendants, 310 who died as paupers, 150 were criminals which spent no less than 13 years in prison each, 7 were murderers, 100 were drunkards, 190 of the women were prostitutes. 540 of his descendants cost the State one and a quarter million dollars.

Integrity cannot be faked; the future will bring it to light. the most urgent question for any leader today is not “what’s is my Vision?” or What are my skills?” the question is “Lord what is my level of Integrity ?”

Unfortunately Integrity cannot be purchased on eBay,neither can you barrow someone Else’s. It comes by diligent effort.
Here are some Integrity building action points:

  1. Determine to Never Do Anything Privately that wouldn’t Pass Public Scrutiny – Integrity is born in the heat of struggle. It affects life -changing choices on the fly. Often character kicks in when you’re in a counseling session or a board meeting or a vulnerable setting. Your resistance to wrong attitudes and action birth Integrity. 
  2. Determine to Never Do Anything the Scriptures Frown upon – Study the lives of Biblical leaders. see what they refused. See what they gripped tightly. Copy their best efforts. If you study diligently Integrity, It will help pass the test.
  3. Determine to Never Do Anything That will Bring Shame to the Kingdom of God – You are a child of God. You are a citizen of the Kingdom. You have reputation to uphold. The world is judging your spiritual family by your human behavior. 
  4. Determine to Never Do Anything That Will Robe You Of Your Self-Worth – Self- Worth is the foundation upon which personal Integrity stands. You must keep the Foundation from Crumbling. 
  5. Determine to Never Do Anything That Will Make You Vulnerable to Satan –  God forgives and forgets but human beings keep scrapbooks. Don’t give them any material.

Reference- Toler, Stan.2007,Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry.Indianapolis In:Wesleyan Pub.

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