It is hard fact with which to come to grips, but it is such a fact nonetheless. Having grown up in the South where there is without a doubt a Christian religiosity that pervades the culture, one is hard-pressed to see where Christianity begins and where the culture ends. And though it is clear that it is not the entire culture that consists of this Christian influence, there is a strong subculture that calls itself Christian, speaks words that are Christian, and believes that it is Christian, though its Christianity is oftentimes in conflict with what seems to be the Christianity of the Bible.
And discerning this is terribly difficult task, especially when you have been brought up in such a culture. And to make things all the more difficult, there is not a black and white line that distinguishes the two, for there are within this Christian subculture many who are indeed in Christ and who serve him as best they know how in the mindset in which they have been raised. They, including myself, have been brought up hearing the name of Jesus Christ, the stories of his life, the teachings from his mouth, etc., and they follow these things according to the manner which their predecessors followed them, and their predecessors before them, and their predecessors before them.