Apple took a plunge into the world of Christian Emoji’s this month, releasing over 250 Christian based Emoji’s for iPhone users worldwide. “We noticed a void in the Emoji market mid-way through 2016 when we noticed iPhone usage dropped significantly on Sunday mornings” says senior developer Rhonda Steller. “We analyzed texting trends in the Christian market and thought we could really make a splash by focusing on this often-ignored demographic. I think Christians, church goers, and potluck lovers everywhere will absolutely love the freedom and creativity these Emoji’s will provide.”
Apple’s list of new Emoji’s includes icons, smiley faces, and other low resolution images representing Christian ideologies and phrases such as the rapture, praying for you, and the turn the other cheek Emoji. But Steller was most excited about some of the more obscure Emoji’s that were included in this release, such as “The Prophet in The Bottom of a Well” and “The Beasts From Daniel Chapter 7.” “Users are going to love the quality of our design,” Steller said, “we really nailed the 10 horns.”
The new Emoji’s have received mixed reviews. Although Daniel Stenson from Indianapolis loves being able to text one simple Emoji to his friends reminding them about Bible study next week, he’s not crazy about some of the more graphic, Old Testament images. “The animals sawn in two just make me uncomfortable, and I just don’t see why they had to include David’s dowry.” There have also been reports of churches dividing over the use of Emoji’s. After one woman in Tucson was asked to put her phone away while she was sending the “standing with hands raised in worship” Emoji to her sitting friend, she and her family decided to find a more Emoji-friendly church. Another user from Dallas reports that his church is allegedly splitting due to conflicting views on the use of the speaking in tongues Emoji. Apple declined to comment on these reports.