“10 Little Christians”

Irving shared this poem / story to illustrate how to build a Church (using willing volunteers to illustrate the story, sorry there isn’t any video).

From Sabbath 19th March 2011.

Here’s the poem in full:

10 little Christians standing in line.

1 disliked the preacher, then there were 9.


9 little Christians stayed up very late.

1 overslept Sunday, then there were 8.


8 little Christians on their way to Heaven.

1 took the low road and then there were 7.


7 little Christians chirping like chicks.

1 disliked music, then there were 6.


6 little Christians seemed very much alive,

but one lost his interest then there was 5.


5 little Christians pulling for Heaven’s Shore,

but one stopped to rest, then there were 4


4 little Christians each busy as a bee.

1 got his feelings hurt, then there were 3


3 little Christians knew not what to do.

1 joined the sporty crowd, then there were 2


2 little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done,

differed with each other, then there was 1


1 little Christian can’t do much ’tis true,

brought his friend to bible study, then there were 2


2 earnest Christians, each won one more.

That doubled the number, then there were 4


4 sincere Christians worked early and late.

Each won another then there were 8


8 splendid Christians if they doubled as before.

In just so many Sundays, we’d have 1,024


In this little jingle, there is a lesson true,

you belong either to the building or to the wrecking crew!