come-to-Jesus moment

come-to-Jesus moment

1. A moment when one chooses to accept Jesus Christ as one's savior and follow the Christian faith. I had something of a come-to-Jesus moment after my car crash last month.
2. A moment of epiphany, enlightenment, or intuition regarding the truth of a matter. I had something of a come-to-Jesus moment after college when I realized that I wanted to be an editor for a living.
3. A point in time in which fundamental priorities and/or beliefs are challenged, reassessed, or reaffirmed. After waking up in the hospital from a drug overdose, I had a frightening come-to-Jesus moment about what I was doing with my life. The political party needs to have a real come-to-Jesus moment and decide who they are and what they stand for as a whole.
4. Any moment or meeting in which a frank, often unpleasant, conversation is held so as to bring to light and/or resolve some issue at hand. Boys, we're going to have a come-to-Jesus moment about the drugs I found in the house, and if no one tells me the truth then you're both going to get a whooping. The boss called us in for a real come-to-Jesus moment about our sales for this quarter.
See also: moment
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If 2016 was the year the retail industry had a come-to-Jesus moment when it finally realized how badly it had responded to the online onslaught, and if 2017 was the year the industry began to finally dig itself out of the hole it had dug itself into, then 2018 is going to be the year when retailers try to get out ahead of this thing.
Schenck, whose Capitol Hill-head-quartered Christian outreach group Faith and Action brings him in regular close contact with Republican leaders and policymakers, had a come-to-Jesus moment, so to speak, on guns.
Before lavishing too much praise on the European oil majors for their come-to-Jesus moment on carbon pricing, it's worth asking: What's in it for them?
He is decrying the end of Iranian sanctions, claiming the economic relief aimed for in the peace talks will only bring us closer to that come-to-jesus moment, the nuclear kind, His face embossed on our place in the mushroom gloom.
In a TV interview he said: "I've had a come-to-Jesus moment if you want to call it that.
It was at that point, Booker explained, that he experienced a "proverbial come-to-Jesus moment," as he felt the intensity of the heat and could not find Hodge.
So when a desperate Amanda finally finds work at a Hooters-like restaurant, a come-to-Jesus moment seems inevitable.