Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York appeared to compare a Super Bowl commercial from a Christian organization to fascism on Twitter, claiming Jesus would not be a fan of the ad.
He Gets Us, a Christian organization dedicated to “reintroduc[ing] people to Jesus,” released a Super Bowl advertisement aimed to spread its message to millions of Americans that “Jesus loved the people we hate,” according to its website.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the commercial by seemingly conflating the group’s message with fascism on Twitter Sunday.
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“Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The advertisement cost the organization $7 million for two of the much coveted Super Bowl commercial slots, according to USA Today.
The 30-second commercial featured the song ‘If I Could See The World Through The Eyes Of A Child” by Patsy Cline and called for Americans to be “child-like” in reference to Jesus’ command that Christians should have the faith of a child in Matthew 18:3, while the 60-second commercial emphasized a need to love our enemies.
He Gets Us initially started with billboard ads, online banner ads, and a YouTube channel.
It has grown to become a staple of broadcasts to the wider culture, including NFL games and even last week’s Grammys.
On its website, He Gets Us argues Christ is much discussed but “still misunderstood.” They seek to bring clarity to who He really is.
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The group adamantly notes that it is comprised of “Jesus fans and followers.”
They describe themselves as “People who believe he was much more than just a good guy and a profound teacher. And that Jesus is the son of God, who came to Earth, died, and was resurrected, then returned to heaven and is alive today.”
Yet they don’t claim or seek to be political in their messaging.
“We’re not ‘left’ or ‘right’ or a political organization of any kind. We’re also not affiliated with any particular church or denomination. We simply want everyone to understand the authentic Jesus as he’s depicted in the Bible — the Jesus of radical forgiveness, compassion, and love.”
“Our hope is that you see how Jesus experienced challenges and emotions just like we have. We want to provide a safe place to ask questions, including the tough ones,” He Gets Us says.
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“We’re confident that as people clearly understand, read, and learn for themselves about who Jesus is, they’ll find wisdom, hope, and peace unlike any other offered.”
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