This thread was inspired by Dani's thread "What is a Christian". (Thanks for the spark sister!!!)
I've had many, many people ask me throughout my life, "Are you religious?" or "Are you a religious person?" My answer was always, "Yes I am."
However; not long ago I realized something, I'm NOT "religious".... I'm a CHRISTIAN! Yes, there IS a difference.
Religion is only a generic term for a person's specific belief system, values, rituals, traditions, etc. Thus, you can lump a LOT of things into that category.... (Including "atheism"... and whether atheists like it or not, it IS a religion of sorts, by definition.)
So, the last dozen times or so that someone asked me the question, "Are you religious?" my answer has been, "No, I'm not religious... I'm a Christian. Would you like to know the difference?"
And the response has always been a slightly puzzled look, followed by, "Yeah. What do you mean?" (Or something along those lines.)
When I explain what makes being a Christian different from any other "religion" or "religious belief," it's easy to tell when the proverbial light bulb clicks, and that person really gets what I'm saying.
It may not make make a difference to everybody, but at least that little seed has been planted, and maybe they'll have a better understanding of what Christianity is.
Maybe they'll do more research out of curiosity, or to genuinely seek the truth... OR... maybe they'll just brush it aside & go about their way.
But the point is, now they have something to think about, and the choice is up to them.