Thursday, August 10, 2006

A call to wake up...

I posted this on my MySpace blog at
I felt led to do the same here. I'm open to all comments.

I'm sure most of you have heard of the latest drama in London this morning, where 21 terrorists were arrested on the intent of blowing up planes heading toward major U.S. cities...if you haven't, and you have no idea what I'm talking about, please go to and read the updates.

This got me thinking about how crazy America is right now, and just the world in general. Things seem hectic and chaotic and out of control, but God is in still in control. However, I truly believe that America is being punished for the years of perversion from her roots. America was based on God and a strong faith, and now, a large percentage of Americans view God as a threat, or as being politically incorrect, or as dangerous to our precious "freedom of thinking". Americans want to take "In God We Trust" off our currency. Americans want to quit saying the pledge and outlaw the 10 Commandments in public places and prohibit prayer in schools. This is perversion. This is falling away from our roots and our Christian heritage as a nation. Basically...this sucks.

It's making me re-evaluate. Maybe you want to, as well. I'm not a gloom and doom preacher, nor am I the type to run around screaming "the sky is falling" or "the world is ending!" but the truth of the matter is, there WILL be a judgment day, and according to signs and Biblical prophecies, I wouldn't be surprised if it was soon. Soon could be tomorrow, or it could be another 100 years or longer from now. I don't know. That's the point - no one knows, so why not get your life right TODAY? Why not start living for Jesus whole-heartedly RIGHT NOW? If you want to know more about giving your heart or life to Jesus, please email me. I'd be happy to share with you what I know. It's the best decision you'll ever make.

As for the Christians already out there - listen up. It's time to get serious, you guys. How can we make a difference in the world if we're not acting differently than the world? How can we share Christ if we don't resemble Christ to others? How we can pray for others to know Him when we're not even praying for ourselves? Do you want Jesus to return and you be standing holding a beer in one hand and a ciggie in the other? Do you want to be drunk at a club or at a bar in your last second on Earth? Do you want to be in bed in the act of some one-night stand and see Jesus? I understand the concept that Christians have different convictions, and what could be convicting for one Christian is not necessarily convicting for another. I'm proof of this. I can't drink, at all, whatsoever, without Jesus convicting my heart. But other Christians I know have no idea problem with the every-now-and-then "beer with the buddies" or "drink with the gals". That's a personal issue between them and Christ, and I don't judge. It's wrong for me, but it could be fine for them. HOWEVER some things are black and white, right and wrong, good and bad, and the Bible specifies those things. You know what they are. If you don't, read your Bible and find out. Find out how to live right and according to God's word.

Christians, quit blowing off the instructions Jesus gave us and get your act together! Those rules are not to ruin our fun or make life harder. Believe it or not, they make life EASIER. Trust me on this, PLEASE. Jesus didn't say to avoid drunkeness because he wants you to be bored on a Saturday night. He said that because it's dangerous. It's unhealthy. It makes you do stupid things when you have too much. Same with sex before marriage. I know this is a touchy topic because honestly, I can name maybe 3 virgins out of all my unmarried friends. Once again - not judging, just telling you how it is. God gave us those rules to protect us, to keep us from sickness, disease, unwanted pregnancy, and the emotional rundown after you're used and rejected. Why not trust Him? Why not believe that He knows whats best for us?

Fellow Christians, I'm tired of the mellowness. I'm tired of the disinterest. I'm tired of the "I'm a Christian, but I do everything the same as those living for the world". I'm tired of hearing "Yes, I love God" as you blow your smoke in my face or make me cringe from your alcohol-laden breath or follow up on the phrase with a dirty joke, a choice cuss word, or a description of who you "hooked up with" last night.

I'm not perfect. Far, far from it. I've made mistakes. I have regrets. I've done some things right, and other things wrong. But I'm ready to get serious. I'm ready to be different. Are you?

Christians: Get off the fence.

Get serious.

Get real.

Just "get it".


Margo Carmichael said...

You got it, Betsy. Last hight in the car, I was listening to a worship CD by Terry MacAlmon, and it had me in tears over our nation. Kicking God out of our institutions when we are so blessed--how dare we? I was in tears.

Amydeanne said...

Great post. So true!

Margo Carmichael said...

By the way, I also blogged about the signs of the times, and some of the very thoughts you're having. Check it out, if you have a moment: