What Actually Constitutes a "Christian"?

I was over at http://knitten-kittens.com/ today where Kim was posting that she was somewhat worried that she may be taken out of the "Christian Women Online" realm as some of her posts are not well...for lack of better term "Christian Enough". She was especially concerned over her recent postings on what her Church is currently facing and how she had been dealing with it.

Anyway, her post made me think what exactly is a Christian? A few years back, when I attended Church very regularly, a co-worker confided in me that she had been a faithful church goer until about age 18 when she began drinking & smoking (18 was the legal drinking age then), she felt it wasn't right to do those things and attend church. It made me think of an answer Dear Abby had given to someone who had written her stating that people who attend church are hypocrites, etc..... Her response was quite simple - "Church is not a shrine for saints, it's a hospital for sinners." I told my co-worker that the Bible doesn't say you cannot do those things, it just says that an over abundance is where the sin lies, you can be a Christian and not be perfect.

I'm a Christian. I believe that God created all things and that Jesus Christ died for my sins. I wish I could live my life as perfectly as Jesus did - without sin; but I'm human and I'm going to sin as it's in my nature and the Bible tells me that. But despite that flaw, God loves me and sent His Son to die for me.

It doesn't, of course, mean that as a Christian I can just do whatever I want. I do have to have some restraint. But I wonder how many people are afraid of Christianity because they feel they have to "give up too much". I'll be honest, as a Christian I drink rum & coke, I overeat, I cuss, I have an obsession with Kevin Spacey, I'm sometimes selfish and self-centered and I have a tendency to speak without thinking. If I were not a Christian...I'd probably still do all those things, so I didn't have to change to be one. But being one gives me an inner peace that only another Christian would understand - it gives you hope, it gets you through the bad times, it rejoices with you through the good times and it saves you in the end.

Christians aren't perfect, just saved.