Several of us girlfriends went to see the Chonda Pierce show in Franklin last night. It was a great night with friends, and a wonderful opportunity to hear clean, Christian comedy.
Chonda is a PK (preacher's kid) who grew up in Ashland City, Tn. Her new tour is title "This ain't Prettyville" and she sang a song with this title....needless to say, it was hysterical. Chonda throws no pretenses and tells you like it is.
She grew up Nazarene, married a Baptist, and goes to a Pentecostal church! Now, if that's not funny, I don't know what is! She claims she has been saved 342 times! lol
Her jokes had us laughing so hard we were crying. My cheeks hurt so bad from laughing at one point! One of my favorite jokes is when she calls her husband's GPS "Jezebell 1500"! Too funny....
She had 3 other guest speakers who were equally funny. I was impressed that the show lasted 3.5 hours...can you imagine laughing for almost a full 3.5 hours? That's what we did!
My favorite part of the show is when she shares her testimony....this woman was physically, mentally and sexually abused by her father, a preacher. She committed herself to rehab 4 years ago and is "Breaking Free" from her past. And, how she can take something so serious and life shattering and make it funny is beyond me. All I know is God has blessed this woman with a gift of laughter, which has helped her in the healing process.
One important point she made was that churches need to realize that people in their congregations are suffering - sexual abuse, pornography, alcohol, drugs, etc. And, as a church we need to not only help these people BUT also "WALK WITH THEM THROUGH THE RECOVERY". So many times the church pushes these things under the rug and attaches stigmas to people. God loves us just the way we are; his love makes us want to change to be more like him. Help the people around you, don't just speak the words - SHOW them the love of Christ.
Now, the evening would not be complete if I didn't share our own funny little story. I know God is gracious and has a sense of humor, and I know he has forgiven us for our momentary lapse of seriousness. At the end of the show, Chonda says a wonderful prayer - she talks about Christ on the cross at Calvary, what we can do to become one of his, etc....very beautiful words....BUT....I'm afraid we missed some of it. You see the gentleman in front of us "passed gas" right at the beginning of the prayer when everyone was just getting quiet. Let me back up and explain that it was myself, Alicia, Alicia's mom, Vickie, and Val. Well, Alicia, Val and I just cracked up laughing - we were crying and not fully paying attention to the prayer. And poor Vickie, just thought we were being so disrespectful during the prayer. She even leaned over and was patting us like she would some young kids to get us to behave....which of course made us laugh even harder. We were able to explain it to her later, but oh my, it was too funny!
I encourage you to check out Chonda's website, cd's, videos, etc and to go and see her if she is ever in your area. I promise you, you will have a great time!
In His Grip,