If the unbelievers around you cannot boldly say that you are truly a Christian, then your Christianity is still at the level of religion and not following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. What it means is that you are just converted and not yet convicted by the Holy Spirit.
Just like many believers are today, they have designed their own form of Christianity. They have their own form of righteousness and godliness; they have replaced the Will of God with their own will and the Word of God with the philosophy and ideologies of men. They have chosen a faith of convenience and replaced the doctrine of the Gospel of truth with the doctrine of men.
Modern day believers want to have it both, to enjoy the world and all its lusts thereof and enjoy the kingdom of God at the same time. They want to be on the fence, one leg in the kingdom of light and the other in the kingdom of darkness. They want to blow hot and cold at the same time; you see beloved, you cannot serve two masters at the same time, neither can you be a citizen of Heaven and a citizen of the world (Hell) at the same time.
This is the reason why we have believers who go to church, who claim to be born again and to have surrendered all to the Lord Jesus Christ, who claim that Jesus is their Lord and Savior, jumping up and down in the club with unbelievers, mingling and partying hard together. They have not yet been convicted of their sins, they just profess to know God on their lips but their hearts are deeply rooted in the pleasures of sin. The Bible says that he that is born of God does not sin because he has the seed of righteousness abiding in him.
God is not mocked, whatever seed a person sows the same shall he also reap without prejudice. If you sow in the flesh and enjoy all the pleasures this world has to offer, you will of the same flesh reap corruption because the flesh is subject to death and decay; but if with the fear and love of God you sow in the spirit, you will definitely enjoy eternal life which is worth more the world with all its silver and gold. God is a just judge, and He will render to everyone according to his deeds without compromise or partiality.
Conversion without Conviction
There is a big difference between conversion and conviction. One can be converted without being convicted of his sins. This is what makes some believers religious and never the followers of Jesus Christ. In other words, one can be a believer without being a Christian. This is true because the Bibles say in James 2: 19 that the devils believe too that their is one God and tremble at that, does it make them believers? Yes! Does it make them Christians? No! This is why devil also comes to church, this is the same reason why the devil also quotes and uses the scriptures to his advantage in deceiving ignorant believers.
It is Only the Holy Spirit of God that can convict anyone of his or her sins. That is why it is impossible for anyone to be a Christian without the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is why the Bible says in Romans 8: 14, that as many as led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. You might be born into Christian home, but that does not make you are Christian until you accept Jesus Christ for yourself as your Lord and Savior and develop a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, allowing him to lead you into all truth, knowledge and the fear of God; so that you can work the righteousness of God.
So, that you go to church does not make you are Christian, that you answer a Christian or a Christian name or claim Christianity as your religion or baptized into a Christian home does not make you a Christian. What makes you a Christian is following the Words and Ways of Jesus Christ and letting the Light of God shine in you and through you for the world to see. So that your light becomes a guide to the lost back to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. Christianity is God’s Way of life, it is behaving like Jesus Christ, it is not a religion of men. It the way of life of those who have Heaven as their final destination, it is the culture of heaven. That is what Christ died for on the cross, to teach us this Way, after all, he is the Way, the Truth and the Life of God. This is the Will of God that Jesus brought to earth to teach the children of God, so that it will be done on earth as it is done in Heaven.
Simon the sorcerer was a good example of conversion without conviction. You can read the whole testimony in the book of Acts 8: 9-24. In verse 13, the Bible recorded that Simon became a believer, abandoned his magic acts, was baptized and started coming to church; following Philip in engaging in all activities of the church, but one thing he was lacking was the conviction of his sins. He was a believer, was baptized, church goer, but was not a Christian. He lacked the Holy Spirit who has the power to convict, the only person who can convert a believer into a Christian. Another example was Judas Iscariot who betrayed the Lord. He was a believer but he was never a Christian.
So do not be like the rest of the world, let the Light of God shine in you and through you, accept Jesus Christ today and surrender all to him, so that you can be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, hence, when men see your light, they will glorify your Father which is in heaven. Let your light be the guide and hope sinners have been waiting for, be separated from them, the Bible commanded us in 2 Corinthians 6: 17 to come out of the mists of unbelievers and lukewarm believers and be separate, be different, be peculiar and shine our light which darkness cannot comprehend. It is only when you come out of the world that God will receive you and be your Father and you will be His sons and daughter. God bless you as you grow in His knowledge and wisdom.