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WHAT WILL YOUR HERITAGE BE?
An investigation into the famed 18th
century revival preacher Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) showed that, of the 1,394
known descendants of Jonathan Edwards, 100 became preachers and missionaries,
100 lawyers, 80 public officials, 75 army and navy officers, 65 college
professors, 60 physicians, 60 prominent authors, 30 judges, 13 college
presidents, 3 United States senators, and one a vice-president of the United
Another man of that era, Max Jukes, had 310 descendants who died as paupers,
150 criminals, 100 were drunkards, 7 were murderers, and more than half of
the women were prostitutes.
Despite its Christian heritage, the United States leads every other nation in the industrialized world in the percentage of single-parent families (23%), abortion rate (22.9 per 1,000 women aged 15-44), sexually transmitted diseases (syphillis rate is 6.3 per 100,000 and gonorrhea rate is 149.5 per 100,000), teenage birth rate (42 per 1,000 girls aged 15-19), use of illegal drugs by students (44.9 % using in 1998), and the size of the prison population (327 per 100,000). Our rate of child poverty (20%) is likewise abysmal.
Source: "Lost in America" by Tom Clegg and Warren Bird
Peter Drucker says; "Americans today go to church for reasons very different from those of two generations ago. Then attendance was steered by heritage, habit, and social status, now it is an act of commitment, and therefore meaningful. It is no longer an act of conformity, and therefore meaningless. People need community, yes, and they need responsibility. They need the feeling that they contribute." (The Atlantic Monthly 5/97)
Teens Read: According to a poll conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the National Education Association, teens rate reading higher in importance in terms of its impact on their future success than they do math, writing, science, and even computers. The survey asked 12-18-year-olds about their literary proclivities, interests, and abilities. In ranking the reasons why they enjoy reading, they cite they ’’can learn, keep up-to-date, and get information’’ (17%), find entertainment (18%). In fact, 87% of all teens say they find reading relaxing; 85% view it as rewarding and satisfying; and 79% consider it stimulating and exciting. And while 51% think reading is hard work and challenging, only 30% find it boring, dull, or old-fashioned. 41% say they’ve read more than 15 books during the past year, almost half of which were for their own pleasure. An additional 38% say they read 6-10 books this past year. 30% of girls spend time reading books every day, compared with 19% of boys. Teens prefer fiction to nonfiction by more than 2-to-1. The most popular books recount stories about people their own age (27%), followed by books about sports and athletes (26%). 24% prefer myst...
A recent survey in the Times reports. The Saga Populus survey of 10,000 over 50s found widespread concerns about the celebration of Christmas. Some 85 per cent objected to councils replacing ‘Christmas’ lights with ‘winter’ lights and 84 per cent were dismayed by the replacement of nativity plays with non-religious productions in schools. The poll release came on the same day that MPs held a special debate at Westminster Hall. Conservative backbencher Mark Pritchard urged the government to protect public expressions of the UK’s Christian heritage.
Source The times newspaper Dec 2007
Teen Births Up The U.S. birth rate among teens 15 to 19 rose 3% in ’06, the first such increase since ’91. The finding surprised scholars and fueled a debate about whether abstinence-only sexual education efforts are working. Robert Rector, a Heritage Foundation senior research fellow, says that blaming abstinence-only programs is “stupid.” He notes that most young women who became pregnant were highly educated about contraceptives but wanted to have babies. (NY Times 12/8/07)
In 2003 the US Census Bureau reported an increase in poverty among Americans; nearly 35,000,000 Americans live below the poverty level. What exactly does it mean to be poor? And how many of us might qualify as being poor? Perhaps when you see how much American poor have you will quickly realize that the poor in America are not so poor after all.
• 46% of all poor households own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor is a three bedroom house and with 1½ baths a garage and patio. (I for one am jealous of the garage.)
• 76% of poor households have air conditioning. (I’m jealous again.)
• Only 6% of poor households are overcrowded; more than 2/3 have more than two rooms per person. The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, and many other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are of average citizens in foreign countries and not those classified as poor.)
• Nearly ¾ of poor households own a car. 30% owned two or more cars.
• 97% of poor households have a color television; over one half have two or more color TVs. 78% have a VCR or D...
Top 10 Family Issues 1. Anti-Christian Culture: Stripping away of Christian heritage and traditional values. 2. Divorce: Ongoing wave of broken marriages and families—inside and outside the church. 3. Busyness: Participation in numerous activities crowding out quality family fellowship. 4. Lack of Father Figure: Absence of a father in the home or lack of strong participation in the family. 5. Lack of Discipline: Death of respectful behavior as a norm in schools, churches, and families. 6. Financial Pressures: Chronic misuse of debt and/or financial mismanagement. 7. Lack of Communication: Increasing abbreviation or elimination of meaningful family member interaction. 8. Negative Media Influences: Growing influx of destructiv...