Are you tired of combing social media for hours, hoping and praying to find a safe, positive Christian post amid all the dangerous secular posts? Don’t you wish you could scroll through Instagram and TikTok without having to poison your eyes with ungodly content as you’re looking for uplifting inspo? Don’t you wish there was a better way? Well, there’s about to be, thanks to FaithMeet.
FaithMeet is a new social media platform headed your way next year that will make your social media into social Himdia. Now you’ll be able to post text, video and images to your heart’s content, as long as your heart has been purified to the point where you’re only posting heavenly content, that is.
FaithMeet founder Godwin Rose Samuel told the Christian Post that he is building FaithMeet to fill that God-shaped hole on the timeline. “Christians have to spend long amounts of time sifting through other non-Christian and secular content to find the Christian content on these other apps.”
To Samuel’s credit, he recognizes that a lot of Christian content out there isn’t particularly good or even particularly Christian. Anyone with any familiarity of how Christian conversations tend to go on Instagram, Twitter or (shudder) Facebook knows that a lot of Christian content leans cheesy, hostile, political and, too frequently, conspiratorial.
“The Christian content is often not even God-centered because it distracts from the focus of the Jesus-focused gospels. Whenever I would search social media apps for Christian content, it was always a struggle to find quality content. So, I created my app that will contain mostly everything that these other apps have, but it will be diluted in faith, which I think will help Christians to focus on God more.”
Fair enough. It’s also reasonable to think churches and other Christian organizations might benefit from a platform where they can post updates free from the rest of the internet’s garbage. Samuel says he hopes that site can be used to help raise funds for faith efforts across the world. That all sounds very positive. What doesn’t sound good is the insistence on siloing Christians even further from their neighbors than many of them already are.
The internet does have a lot of terrible stuff on it. You don’t need to be a Christian to recognize that. But you also don’t need to be a Christian to recognize that Christians have often been part of the social media problem instead of the solution. Siloing off non-Christians from FaithMeet not only puts up another unnecessary barrier between Christians and the people around them, it demeans the humanity of people who aren’t Christian by assuming they have nothing of value to offer our online experience. But people who aren’t Christians do have a lot to teach Christians, and if we could recognize that, perhaps the need FaithMeet is trying address would take care of itself.