Hieroglyphics, as the “new” old language, continues to roll forward in the context of emojis.
Much how the Christian fish was a subtle and safe way of communicating one's faith in a hostile environment, so the rise of innovation may be coincidentally corresponding to subtle and severe persecution in the interesting phenomenon of...
The Emoji Bible.
Although I don't hold to the notion of coincidence, I mention it in this manner for convenience.
I don't see anything occurring without reason and / or purpose.
I find it quite encouraging how innovation entertains what is typically seen as a serious subject.
But I see a great leap forward in bringing the message of love, hope and grace as it is understood by the faithful, to a younger audience who is communicating in the fun language of emojis.
I'm sure some folks will see disrespect with the manner the message is conveyed, but when looking back at previous methods of interpersonal and open communication, where truly is the harm when the medium is the message?
I don't speak the emoji language beyond happy faces, but considering what is messaged in this passage, where is the harm if the heart is pure in forwarding the effort:
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
- Titus 1: 15Much how the advent of technology of radio, television, video, the internet, etc. has forwarded the pure efforts of those who have love in their hearts, much how the Roman Empire's roads and trading sea routes assisted in disseminating the Gospel, while also facilitating the dark efforts of men, so also this message speaks louder than the critical heart:
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
- Matthew 11: 19