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.
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:
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.