Don’t look now, but God is watching!

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Then he sat back for a couple of thousands of years, watched what he’d done and decided it was not good. It was too dull and pathetic. Therefore, he reached down to give humans a slice of heaven: the Internet.

However, with the Internet came sinners who created websites praising sloth and greed. God was forced to reach down one more time. And he created GodTube.

A Christian online TV service.

How pretentious of him. GodTube is a Christian version of YouTube. Ground rules: there is only one God. OUR God. Therefore, don’t upload any non-Christian content. Never mind if you call your god God.

Sorry, I’m veering off the topic. What I actually wanted to talk about was the awesomeness of using online TV for freedom of religious expression. I got a bit distracted by the territorial nature of it.

I think the idea of GodTube and other such online religious channels is a good one. When I searched for “Christian” on YouTube, the first video I found showed a gay kiss. Hmmm, not that Christian I think. Through online religious TV, worshippers are guaranteed to get some good, clean, holy fun.

There are other religious online TV services, such as IslamicTube:

Islam has also jumped on the online TV bandwagon.

This is especially relevant in the African context. Restrictions on freedom of religious expression and a low amount of free TV channels have restricted the way in which worshippers negotiate their religion. An Episcopal report has highlighted concerns over church attendance drop. Whether this has anything to do with minimum exposure to the Christian faith in popular culture may be debated, but I think it may have something to do with it. As journalists, we are told to report both sides of the story. We no longer cover Christian book launches, Islamic traditions, and Buddhist rituals: we investigate them. And the media delights in atheism, because it always causes a stir.

What are the youth being taught about their faith? It is no longer “cool” to wear a khumūr or parade your faith by wearing a cross around your neck. Maybe by praising their respective gods online, religions can attract younger worshippers. They sorely need it.

I am not religious, but I feel everyone has a right to express their religious thoughts and feelings. Online TV might just be the next frontier that religions need to utilise a lot more.

~ by Ines Schumacher on 19 May 2008.

3 Responses to “Don’t look now, but God is watching!”

  1. Fantastically interesting post! There really is a YouTube bonanza online.

    I think it’s great that the fast diminishing religious groups of the world have an online space to express themselves; I’m just curious as to how they keep such sites clean. I can imagine several cases of people doing Satan’s work by trying to upload anti-religious content.

    On the atheist front: have you ever heard of YouPorn? I…uh…my friend told me about it.

    Regards
    Inspector Gadget

  2. I think people do try upload smutty or offensive content – the site warns people that this type of content gets taken off asap. I think they count on their members to red-flag content that is not acceptable.

    YouPorn? Ha ha! That reminds me of a friend that told me if I was ever looking for porn, I must search for ‘pron’ on the university server. A friend told him too. ;)

  3. It’s about time the internet was used to allowed people with different views to express their beliefs, and values. If Youtube had a religion, it would be entertainment. The internet was touted as a place where we can share ideas, a platform for different expression. Godtube, Islamtube are the first example of variety becoming a reality. At the same time, it’s dangerous to segragate people into categories but at least now we can discuss it openly.

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