IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE
Abel Hendrix spent his lifetime in Capetown, South Africa. On two occasions he served as president of the Methodist Church in that country. For many years there was racial discrimination, not only by whites against blacks but also by “coloreds” who considered themselves better than the blacks. At one point the white-dominated government created a legislature for the coloreds and Asians but nothing for the blacks. Abel Hendrix protested that exclusion, and urged the people to boycott the coming election. Government officials tried to get Hendrix to drop his opposition, but he refused. Finally they thought of a proposal that he could not refuse. Hendrix was nearing retirement. He had little money and no retirement home.
Government officials offered him a retirement home, paid for and free of charge, if he would cease his opposition. Abel, with a disarming smile and a confident humility, replied, “No thank you. In my Father’s house are many mansions. I dare not give up my house in heaven for anything you might offer me on earth.”