Christian Nonprofit Announces MyConfession.org Campaign Targeting Christian Hypocrisy and Homophobia

Christians are perceived as hypocritical, homophobic, self-righteous, intolerant, and judgmental, and in most cases the description fits. Changing the Face of Christianity Inc is fighting to reverse those negative Christian stereotypes through its grassroots online and public “My Confession” campaign.

Plano, TX (Vocus/PRWEB) January 25, 2011

“Christians, despite their good intentions, give Christianity a bad name due to rampant Christian hypocrisyChristian intolerance, Christian judgmentalism, and Christian homophobia“, says R. Brad White, former Atheist and now devoted Christian, and Founder of Changing the Face of Christianity Inc.

We don’t do a very good job at loving our neighbor. That’s something we need to be transparent about, confess where we are failing to live up to the name of Jesus Christ, and then work toward maturity and Christ-like transformation. – R. Brad White

R. Brad White says, “The Bible tells us that non-believers will always hate us, but not for the reasons they hate us now. Who could hate someone for truly loving his or her neighbors as themselves? The fact is we don’t do a very good job at loving our neighbor. That’s something we need to be transparent about, confess where we are failing to live up to the name of Jesus Christ, and then work toward maturity and Christ-like transformation.”

A non-profit organization called Changing the Face of Christianity is working to reverse this pervasive image problem by helping Christians become more like Jesus Christ. “We are trying to help Christians actually change for the better. This begins by acknowledging we have a problem through heartfelt confession. We’ve launched ‘My Confession'; a campaign mobilizing Christians to make public confessions on post-it type notes and on our MyConfession.org website.” says R. Brad White.

R. Brad White continues, “The My Confession campaign is simple. We want people to share their confessions on our MyConfession.org website. We pray for these people that God will transform and heal them and their relationships. We are also encouraging people to write a brief confession on a small note, and place that note in a public area, such as a public restroom mirror, a gas station, a bank ATM machine, a drive through window, a Red Box type video rental unit, inside an elevator, at the water cooler, etc. Such public confessions encourage others to do the same. It gives others the strength to admit their own faults, and helps them lay down false pride in favor of humility. To make it easier for people, we’ve prepared a downloadable page of confession notes on our website for people to use. Simply download the PDF, print it, cut it into 6 notes, write your brief confession, and then share it in a public place. People have enjoyed taking a photo of their posted note, and then sharing their longer confession on our site and uploading the picture for others to see. The feedback we’ve received has been great. People are telling us after they shared what they are doing with their friends, that their friends are responding with affirmations like, ‘That’s so cool! That takes guts! How can I do it?'”

R. Brad White says, for example, “My Confession is I’ve allowed my religious convictions to make me numb to the human rights of gays and lesbians. I haven’t consciously fought AGAINST gay marriage, but I’ve allowed outspoken Christian political activists to limit the human rights of LGBTs (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and let them speak FOR me through my silence. The Gay community deserves love, not discrimination. And for my part in that, I’m incredibly sorry.” So Brad’s note said “My confession is I’ve been a homophobic Christian. The gay community deserves love, not discrimination.”

R. Brad White continues, “There are great organizations out there trying to win people to Christ. We are focused on ensuring existing and new Christians are getting back to basics (loving others), and identifying our failings and working toward Christian maturity. Christian denominations address Christian confession in various ways, but the underlying truth is that confession is the beginning of humility. Through confession, we are inviting God into our hearts and minds and allowing Him to do His transforming work in our lives.”

Changing the Face of Christianity Inc has also released a Christianity Quiz; a Quiz which seeks to answer the question, “How Christian Are You?” R. Brad White says, “The person taking the quiz answers 10 questions and the quiz returns a score, indicating how well the person lives up to the Christian ideal as modeled by Jesus Christ.”

About Changing the Face of Christianity Inc.

Changing the Face of Christianity Inc is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit Texas corporation, started in 2010 by Founder and President R. Brad White. Their mission is to reverse Christian intolerance, hypocrisy, homophobia, judgmentalism, and other negative Christian stereotypes, by helping Christians to be more like Jesus Christ. Changing the Face of Christianity Inc is working to change these negative perceptions by 1) making Christians aware of the negative stereotypes inadvertently created through their words and actions, 2) by educating Christians on the issues and effective ways to change their words and actions to create a positive stereotype in the world, and 3) by assisting Christians in their confessions and transformation into Christ-likeness.

About R. Brad White, President and Founder of Changing the Face of Christianity Inc

For over half of his life, Brad was an unshakable Atheist. But after a miraculous sign from God in 2005′, he shed his blind disbelief and became a believer. Brad felt called to start “Changing the Face of Christianity” in 2010′. Brad is available for interviews, radio segments, opinion pieces, guest blog articles, and commentary on our Christian faith and culture.

NOTE TO EDITORS AND PRODUCERS: Please contact R. Brad White to set up an interview. For mail correspondence, Changing the Face of Christianity Inc., 4100 River Branch Trail, Plano, TX 75024. Images, videos, and content available upon request. Visit our online press room. The official My Confession website is http://www.myconfession.org. The company’s website address is http://www.changingthefaceofchristianity.com. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ChangingTheFaceOfChristianity. Twitter: http://twitter.com/Christian_Face. RSS Feed at: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ChangingTheFaceOfChristianity-Feed

About Brad White

R. Brad White is the Founder and President of Changing the Face of Christianity Inc. Brad is a former atheist and became an "on fire for God" Christian in 2005. In 2008, Brad became incredibly burdened by what he perceived as a Christian faith far off course, and Christians far from living the teachings of Jesus Christ. In 2010, Brad submitted to the calling to reverse these negative Christian stereotypes, by starting "Changing the Face of Christianity" (a 501c3 Texas non-profit corporation). Read more about R. Brad White


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Comments

  1. Ian McKerracher says

    My dear Brother White, I read with interest, your “confession” related to what you have defined as homophobia. The word itself signifies a certain fear of the homosexual and I am not convinced that what you feel is fear. . As you said “I haven’t consciously fought AGAINST gay marriage, but I’ve allowed outspoken Christian political activists …to speak FOR me through my silence.” Apathy may be better put upon this confession than homophobia. Now apathy could be a sin as much as any phobia directed towards a definable group or it could be the result of a significant distance between the persons.That would have to be discerned through introspection and self-examination to be judged. As Christians, we must guard against being drawn into to any fray on the terms of those opposed to our life-style. We can’t “wage war as the world wages war”. Silence in one arena doesn’t mean compliance nor does it mean that we should be silent in another arena. I have few aquaintences who are LGBT. That I don’t celebrate their choices is no indication that I am intolerant (however the newer definition wants to color me thus). My tolerance is more the old school style. I accept your freedom of choice even if I refuse to pay for it. I am civil when speaking to anyone, LGBT included. Because I do not go out of my way to be politically active on their behalf is no reason to think that I hate them. It is interesting to me that I also feel little impetus to “feed the poor”. I will certainly help if there is an immediate need presented to me and I am able to help. That even extends to those who are poor in a self-inflicted way. The point is that I am called to minister to a certain group of people and that will be where my focus will continuously be turned. I have a confidence in God that He has called others to focus on their specific segment of society as I am doing with mine. That I am not “all things to all men” is a good thing to me because it allows for a directed service and not a dilluted and disipated work which would help no none. The trick is to not judge what others are doing and thinking that what I am doing is, in any way, more important. We are a body and if we would focus on our particular callings, I believe that we would do better as the Church of the Living God in a world that desperately needs some true loving.

  2. says

    Ian, thanks for your words. I’ve written a few articles on this site about the term “homophobia”. Like you, I initially thought the term meant “fear” of homosexuals. However, I’ve learned that that definition doesn’t really hit the mark. As a case in point, I’ve never known anyone to actually “fear” a homosexual. Have you? Instead, homophobia is really about the hate of, mintreatment of, or discrimination against homosexuals.

    • Ian McKerracher says

      While I agree that “homophobia” has definitions that seem inadequite, we should be aware of words without solid meanings. Clinically. “phobias” are irrational fears, nothing more. There are people who want to carry the word’s meanings beyond accepted definitions but that is usually indicative of an position that is weak in facts. In the debate over LGBT rights, it is usually the LGBT people who bring up the term to bolster their defense with a strong offense. If they can get people to have to defend their thoughts against unfounded accusations, they have taken the high ground and are on their way to win the argument. This, of course, has nothing to do with the Truth. Your last statement, ” Instead, homophobia is really about the hate of, mistreatment of, or discrimination against homosexuals” is not a true statement. Please don’t get me wrong. I am completely against the mistreatment of anyone, including homosexuals. Yes, there is homophobia in our culture. Yes, it can be found in the Church. Emphatically NO! it is not as universal as the homosexual community would paint it. What we need is a conversation without this kind of rhetoric. This is just another example of intolorance in the name of tolorance. People should be given the right to choose but just don’t make me pay for it.

    • Sean Santos says

      I’m a bisexual man who tries to avoid using the word homophobia when I can (in those rare occasions where I need a synonym, I think “heterosexist” or simply “anti-gay” usually hit the mark quite well). I do feel like I should put out a limited defense of it, however. Firstly, “phobia” is often used to refer to a general repulsion, even if that repulsion is generally meant to be fear. For example, hydrophobic molecules obviously have only a metaphorical fear. Xenophobia once meant merely a fear of foreigners, but now it can also mean a hatred which has no obvious fear in it. Certainly the root word “phobos” means fear, but words have a habit of escaping from their original meanings. Secondly, there was never a meeting where gay people intentionally decided that “homophobia” was a good strategic word to use. Homophobia originally (in the 70’s) referred to a sort of clinical fear of being seen as gay, of becoming gay, or of “gayness” being some kind of contagion one had to be protected from. This was fairly reasonable when discussing the fear that homosexuals were “recruiting” children, or the fear some straight people had of being or appearing gay (which can, indeed, lead to homophobic behavior to “prove” one’s heterosexuality to oneself and others). Over 40 years, the word has mutated into meaning a generic aversion to or negative attitude towards homosexuals. I wish that wasn’t the case, that some other word had filled that gap, but there you have it. Whatever the other connotations of the word, homophobia (as used by LGBT’s and allies) is much like xenophobia now; it’s intended to mean something like “racism” or “sexism” or “antisemitism”. Very few people really think of it as being more like “arachnophobia” or “acrophobia” or the other clinical fears. And it is emphatically not just a cynical ploy; “historical accident” might be at least closer to the truth. You may not like the idea of “homophobes” being equated with xenophobes or racists; I suggest that, in this case, it’s having a label like that at all which disturbs you, rather than the specific term “homophobia”. I mean, would you prefer the label of “anti-gay prejudice”?

  3. Joel Wheeler says

    “People should be given the right to choose but just don’t make me pay for it.” I am genuinely curious as to what this actually means. I’m wondering if Ian could provide and example of how he might be “made” to “pay for” the choices of a gay person.

  4. David W says

    Thank you. It takes guts to look yourself in the mirror and recognise that perhaps you see something there you can improve. It takes even more guts when that change goes against cultural and religious norms. Whilst homophobia certainly originally came from the Greek homo- (same) -phobia (fear), like many words it’s meaning has changed over time. For example, “Christian” once meant someone who followed Christ’s teachings (which is the most important commandment? With whom did Christ break bread?) but today, it seems to me it’s become a byword for bigotry wrapped up in social respectability and even social imperative. Although I am no longer a believer, I welcome this return to the core teaching of the faith, loving your neighbour as yourself. Whilst any of us are in chains, none of us is free. Make no mistake that denying people freedom to be – even if you object to their values – wraps those of us with samesex partners in chains, regardless of the words used to label the denial of rights, or their origin. (Note that freedom in this case doesn’t include the right to deprive of their freedom – paedophilia and bestiality are as abhorrent to gay men and women as it is to anyone else!) So, thank you.

  5. Humanist says

    Bravo Mr. White. I wish all “Christians” were as honest and up front about their antisocial and judgmental habits and beliefs. If all it meant to be a Christian was to be Christlike then I’d be completely on board. But condemning people who by your own beliefs are equal parts of God’s creation has always seemed wrong to me. Good on you for trying to improve yourself and your fellow Christians.

  6. John Ordover says

    I don’t understand this question in the “how Christian are you?” quiz: 3. How often do you act differently when you are alone compared to when you are with other people? Frequently Sometimes Infrequently Never I would think everyone acts differently when they are alone. They are far less likely to start a conversation, for example. They are far more likely to take off their clothing. They are far more likely to pick their nose or scratch their behind, etc. etc. How this impacts on one’s level of Christianity escapes me.

  7. Sean Santos says

    I’m an atheist and a bisexual man (directed here by Hemant Mehta, with which R. Brad White seems to have a civil relationship). I would feel quite presumptuous speaking about theological issues that aren’t part of my belief system anyway. But I would like to state that I feel reassured by this statement, and that I also have some input on some issues that seem to get neglected in the popular discourse about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, issues that to many gay people are transparently obvious (indeed lived every day), but seem to be discouragingly ignored by straight people, and even most ex-gays. (I don’t have a personal problem with people who go down the ex-gay path, but I fear that many falsely assume that their own personal experiences, often perceived through the lens of intense guilt or insecurity, are the same as those of all gay people. I’m also very skeptical about the odd, usually unproven theories, and low success rates, of most conversion therapists.) I hope that the following message (adapted from one of my previous essays) has some relevance, even to Christians who are convinced that “practicing” homosexuality is sinful. “What I would really like to see is for straight people to realize that gay people want to get married for basically the same reasons that they do (yes, even some of the spiritual ones that I personally don’t buy into, as well as to provide a better environment for their children). You can’t force people to be empathetic, or to recognize you as just a normal human being. You can’t say any magic words that will cure decades of fear and propaganda and polemic injected into our cultural bloodstream. But it would be nice to see people looking at their spouses, and contemplating that feeling of love, and realizing, and I mean really realizing, “This is how gay couples feel, because they are still fairly normal human beings and they understand what love is.” For them to think about their marriages and weddings, and think, “This is what gay people want, and what they have together when it’s legal to do so.” To think about their relationships with their parents, and think, “This is how the children of gay couples feel about their own parents.” I appreciate people who lend their support, but I don’t think that they really understand where gay people are coming from until they take this step, or until they are confronted with gay couples (in person, or sometimes even through biography or fiction) that give them that insight. To try to persuade someone who doesn’t want to do that, not even a little, feels like trying to get a promotion from a boss who just doesn’t like you very much. It’s tiresome, stressful, and harsh on one’s personal sense of dignity. “This is why a lot of gay people, many of them having been burned in the past, do speak very defensively and harshly. It’s difficult to maintain one’s calm when there are people who literally claim that they are at war with you. “It’s infinitely easier to talk to Christians who understand these points. That being gay is not just about sex or legal rights, but also about that special romantic relationship which is so inextricably bound up with an element of eros. That it also has to do with raising one’s children in a stable household (not just adopted children or those born through reproductive technology, but often ones that a person is already responsible for, due to a previous failed attempt at living a heterosexual life). It’s important to recognize that, when someone rails against “practicing” homosexuality, their message is not just going to the promiscuous single men that are so often the stereotype. It also implicitly includes two people who are in love, who have been together for decades, who are raising children, and who are as happy as anyone else. People who are closer to the traditional nuclear family than a large proportion of straight folks. “It’s not about any one particular lifestyle (there is no one “homosexual lifestyle”). It’s not about the right to have sex (which we already have in the U.S. since 2003). Nor the “right” to other people’s approval (which is not anyone’s right, and which can’t be granted by the government anyway). It’s not about the right to be equal in some vague generic sense, as if gay people just felt envious of straight people, and decided to crash the party. “It’s about the right for people who are in the same situation to be treated the same. Maybe not the same situation according to some particular religious doctrine or abstract philosophy. But the same in a very straightforward and down-to-earth sense, in that they do more or less the same things, think more or less the same things, and feel more or less the same things. It’s about the feeling that, no matter how similar you are to the millions of other people who experience love and joy in their own families, society still sets you apart, throws obstacles in your path, treats your partner and children as strangers, and insists that what you have is different, and not only different, but so destructive that the very fabric of society is threatened by the very existence of your family. That’s why same-sex marriage is important to us.” That’s why I was really inspired by the recent testimony of Zack Wahls. That’s the real meaning of same-sex marriage, to me, and to millions of other gay and bisexual people worldwide. Anyway, if anyone read through that, with a heart ready to really listen, thank you very much for your time and understanding.

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