"Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.
The man started, "See that mountain over there? (pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up in these parts, because every place he went, people always asked him the same question, 'Hey boy, who's your daddy?' Whether at school, the grocery store or the drug store, people would ask 'Who's your daddy?'"
"The boy often avoided going places just to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?' A new preacher arrived in town and one Sunday as the young boy was going out of church with the crowd, the new preacher, not knowing anything about the young boy, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's your daddy?'"
"The whole church got deathly quiet and the preacher could feel that every eye in the church was watching as if now they would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?' Sensing this awkward situation around him and how uncomfortable the little boy looked, the preacher said 'Wait a minute! I know who you are! I can clearly see the family resemblance now. You are a child of God.' With that the preacher patted the little boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go out in the world and claim it.'"
"The little boy, for the first time in a long time, smiled big and walked out of church that Sunday a changed person. He was never the same again. From that day forward whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a Child of God.'''
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned by those final words. When the waitress came to their table with their bill, the professor asked, "Do you know who that man was -- the one who just left our table?"
Ben Hooper (1870-1957) - Governor of Tennessee from 1911-1915
This great story is attributed to Dr. Fred Craddock, Pastor of Cherry Log Christian Church, Cherry Log, Georgia.