Ok, that's all I'm going to say about being a Christian from the church point of view.
I don't go to church regularly but I've probably been to more churches in the world than majority of the Christians in this world. That doesn't say much (other than I traveled a great deal). It just translated to saying, well, I cannot write a review and have people leaving comments and then expect me to reply to them knowing what they know about Christianity. The fact of the matter is, I don't know that much and haven't actually been making efforts to over the years. I know, I've sinned :p
I was one of the most practical and pragmatic persons in the world. My friends and anyone who know me can attest to that. Even yesterday, when I was over at the Hong Kong Jockey Club having dinner with my relatives, one of my cousins whom I hardly see talked about going to church and asked who are Christians among the 10 of us, I'm the only one who replied "Me!" and when she heard it, you won't believe her expression of shock! Lol... come to think of it now, it's amusing!!!
Born in a Muslim country, brought up by a Buddhist family (although my parents aren't but most people around me are) and educated in Catholic schools, I was not geared towards any religions nor do I have a bad attitude towards any of them. I mean I respect others' belief about religion more than I respect their likings on other things like food, for example. Anyhow, religions never bothered me and neither does it now. I also know people from different religions and have lived among them. Before we embarked on my journey in becoming a believer, let's establish some ground 'rules' as to how to go about looking at religion (not necessary just Christianity).
Do Open your hearts. Believe that we don't know all that we thought we knew as humanity. Try to understand why others in different religion do things the way they do even if it makes no sense to you or seems crazy to you.
Don't Treat others as different or from another planet simply because they are not conforming to the same belief and religion as you do. Practice discrimination against people from other religion. Impose your own beliefs on others and expect others to accept them unquestionably.
So, just a few of the do's and don't. There are plenty more I can add but that's not necessary as I'm sure a wise reader knows what to do and not to do.
Now, I can't say I'm religious. I'm spiritual, that's what I am and choose to believe. I don't do the works, I walk by faith. By that I mean I don't go to church to pray, I do however pray. I have yet truly distinguish the term "works" yet I've no idea if I'm doing the works or not! :-) I do know I walk by faith. I did not seek God, in fact, I didn't even believe in God before the 90s. God reveals Himself, not once but many times to me. In more ways than one. Through some personal circumstance, I was led to Him. Over the years, I came to know what grace and mercy are. I've been blessed with lots in life and in my own way, I try to give some back. I've also been tested many times and I probably haven't done as well as I could have. I know, I know... I have to try and do better!
Having said that, I was told or at least I gathered when I was young that one of the things that entails to being a Christian is to share and be a witness. I'm surprised there is so few testimonies (or reviews for that matter) on Lunch.com with regards to Christianity. This is afterall an American site and it is where Christianity thrives. There are so many people who are able to write better than I do here. Yet... C'mon guys, don't be shy! You see the words often enough whenever you take out the greenback ... "In God We Trust". Trust that whatever you've to write and share will fall upon people who may benefit from seeing or hearing them. Time to pen them down, Lunchers! So many of you wrote about Avatar & 2012, why so few write about Christianity which is the foundation of everything you do and believe in?! Why shy away simply because you think some might make arguments, some might be cynical, while some might be childish and find faults with you? Simply because it is a religion or political topic and can be controversial don't mean that you should keep things in private. No? It is a subject matter that human beings from all walks of life, all corners of the world and all races are able to benefit from. Have faith. Is that not what faith entails? That you'd have the power and wisdom to overcome whatever that will come your way! So, chuck those fears away and be your empowered self. Do what is right. Do not be realistic, that's not what Christianity is at all and certainly not what being a Christian means! So, I want to see more reviews on Lunch. Yes?!!!
Believe life is a journey, but believe also that life may be shorter than you hope. Do not wait til the last moment before you do something that's meaningful and important to you as human being, especially as a Christian. You may have a lot of chances but you may also only have one chance. Get that right!
For me, being a Christian means that I have a relationship with God through his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus provided a bridge between God and I, enabling me to have that relationship. Although many people believe that Jesus was just a great man, if you study the scriptures you see that there is more to believe than not. Being a Christian for me means not judging other people and loving them right where they are, in both the good times and the bad. It means asking God to help me with decisions … more