ATHENS, Ga. (AP) â€” Who says there's nothing funny about faith?
Jeff Foxworthy mixed humor and religion in a speech to about 4,000 United Methodists attending the denomination's North Georgia Conference annual meeting.
``Sophisticated people have retirement pensions; rednecks, we have the lottery,'' the comedian said Wednesday.
Foxworthy, who says in recent years he was born again and began taking his message on the road, spoke of his alienation from the church as a teen-ager.
``Sometimes we're out there doing God's work and we start wanting credit for our own righteousness,'' he said. ``That's why I feel like a lot of people drop out of church, because they feel they can't measure up to that level of righteousness.''
Foxworthy urged the audience to regard people as God would.
``God looks at some pretty insignificant-looking people in some pretty mighty ways, and I want you to remember that,'' he said.