The group behind two commercials promoting the Christian faith that aired during the Super Bowl responded Monday to a series of attacks from congressmen. Alexandria Ocasio CortezDY, and those who challenged advertisements promoting Jesus as role models.
“Our research shows that the only exposure many people have to Jesus is to Christians, who reflect Him imperfectly, and too often his underlying compassion and love for others. It has been shown to be a way of creating a distorted or incomplete image of the ,” He Gets Us spokesperson Jason Vanderground told Fox News. Digital when asked to respond to an ongoing attack. “We believe it is more important than ever for the real and true Jesus to be represented in the public marketplace as it appears in the Bible.”
He Gets Us, a campaign that bills itself as “a movement to reintroduce people to the Jesus of the Bible and His intertwined love and forgiveness,” aired in two ad spots in December 2018. I was. Sunday night super bowl.
The first 30 seconds encourage viewers to be “childish” and show children helping each other and being kind to animals. A message appears on the screen that reads, “Jesus didn’t want us to act like adults.” “He will get us. All of us. Yes.”
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“Jesus used the word ‘childish’ many times to show humility and trustworthiness,” Vanderglund said of the ad. “Christians often describe their faith as childlike, humble enough to place their trust in a power greater than themselves.”
The second ad is 60 seconds and aims to promote inclusion in the perceived divide. It shows people angrily arguing and conflicting until “Jesus loved the one we hate” appears on the screen.
“What could be greater and more powerful than hate? Love is possible, but not just any love. Confounding love, unconditional love, sacrificial love. This is the love we see in Jesus.” VanderGround said of the long ad. “What if we tried to love our enemies the way Jesus loved them? How would that change the way we tend to argue and talk?”
Despite the message of love and inclusivity, Ocasio-Cortez took issue with the commercial, seeming to liken it to fascism.
“Jesus is not going to spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look harmless.” new york Democrats wrote in a tweet.
But according to He Gets Us, the purpose of advertising is never fascist.
“he [Jesus] He cares about our problems because he has been through them. “Investing in an effort to get more people to see his life and movement as an inspiration for themselves will help improve the lives of those listening, creating a cascading process,” Vanderground said. I believe that we will begin to create something like the love that Jesus Himself sought to create.”
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Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only Democrat to take issue with religious-themed commercials.
Democratic operatives who spread false narratives about Border Patrol agents flogging Haitian immigrants similarly attacked He Gets Us on Twitter.
“For the money the people of ‘He Gets Us’ spent on right-wing Jesus ads, they could permanently house 1,563 people experiencing homelessness,” wrote Sawyer Hackett. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro on the Commission.
A 30-second ad run during a Super Bowl broadcast reportedly cost $7 million. The He Gets Us spot is part of a multi-million dollar campaign by the nonprofit He Servant Foundation, which also operates as an organization called Signaturery.
Twitter users quickly noticed that Hackett didn’t take issue with any of the other ads promoting things like beer and gambling.
“Instead of reacting to division with anger or avoiding conflict altogether, Jesus asks how we can and should show the love and respect that we confound,” Vanderground said. “These two commercials not only challenge skeptics of Christianity and inspire them to learn more about Jesus, but also encourage Christians to better practice their faith and see Jesus as a model.” It’s meant to encourage you to show the same confounding love and forgiveness that you’ve become.”
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VanderGround added that Super Bowl commercials can open up better ways to respond to the inevitable adversity that comes with life.
“Today, many people experience kindness, love, and support from others, but they also experience disagreement, anger, and resentment. It connects the dots on how to better respond in a situation.”