My religious upbringing was very serious. I attended church Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night all of my childhood. I probably missed less than 20 services during my 18 years of childhood. My dad was a preacher with ambitions of being a pastor. He actually got to do it a few times but it never lasted long. I often went to extremely small churches (sometimes churches averaging less than 10 people) because my dad saw this as the place where he had the biggest chance to "step in" when the pastor got wore out.
The people I attended church with were very sincere with their faith just like my parents. I never really saw these "hypocrites" that I heard so much about. Because of the small organizations where I attended church I was afforded the opportunity to give devotions, sing songs or pray publicly at a very young age. I describe my religious environment as a child as very magical. In my particular brand of Christianity which was informally called "Backwood Baptist" but also known as "Seperate Baptist" being a deacon was held in the highest regard. Men of good report were set aside sometimes as long as 20 years to be watched for worthiness to serve in that office. The position of deacon was only open to married men that had never been divorced and never drank alcohol. I also grew up in a county where alcohol was illegal and still remains illegal in 2013 excluding the county seat. I looked forward to becoming a deacon when I grew up. It was interesting that Backwood Baptist would allow anybody to preach if they "announced their call to preach" which meant go in front of the church and say, "God called me to preach." If a church need a pastor they might vote for you if they liked you. It was easier to be a pastor than it was to be a deacon. I often heard preaching like the famous Jeremiah Wright message used by Republicans during the 2008 video. I heard many preachers say that American was doomed because they weren't following the ways of God.
Imagine my surprise when I became a deacon at age 30 and the Chairman of Deacon at age 31. My faith is much weaker as an adult because of painful life experiences but Christianity is a huge part of who I am. I love Christianitiy passionately and it doesn't matter to me whether it's fairy tales or not. It was a wonderful thing for me excluding recent events that happened to me while I was Chairman of Deacons.
To answer the question: I grew up in a home where I was told what to believe religiously. All of my sources were sincere people so I really respected their lifestyle and their vision for me to be a humble servant of God.
Christianity was an awesome part of my life and it still remains with me. Politics were rarely discussed. My dad voted in every election and usually voted for the candidate that was already in office and the Republican candidate for president. Politics were suspect as a work of the devil. Maybe that's why I didn't hear much about it.