Did Jesus Teach Hate?

The most outrageous reaction to “He Gets Us”

David Anderson
Backyard Church

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Feet of man and woman in shallow beach water with starfish between them on white sand.
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

The “He Gets Us” campaign put out another ad during the Super Bowl. If you haven’t seen it, the visual theme was about washing feet. They paired people who would not normally be friends in real life where one was washing the feet of the other. It included what looked like gay and lesbian couples, a white cop and a black man, and two women in front of a family planning clinic. You know this would not happen in real life because 1) foot washing isn’t a thing for most people, and 2) the images were generated by AI.

It ends by saying, “Jesus didn’t teach hate. He washed feet.” Then it ends with their tagline, “He gets us. All of us.”

Some of the reactions have been, “Jesus did not promote homosexuality or abortion.” Or “Don’t you think Jesus would have preferred to spend that $7 million actually helping the poor and downtrodden instead of just talking about it?” Some called into question whether the organization behind this campaign practices what it preaches. None of that surprised me. These were pretty much the same criticisms of last year’s Super Bowl ads.

Regardless of the criticisms, when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and told them to do the same for each other, it was an illustration of humility, the last being first, and how the greatest in his…

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David Anderson
Backyard Church

David Anderson is a blogger, award-winning author, bible geek, and novice crypto investor. Doubting Thomas is my patron saint.