“He Gets Us” as cultural barometer

Published March 1, 2023

WORLD Opinions

If you watched the Super Bowl—or any television at all for that matter of late—odds are you’ve seen one of the new “He Gets Us” ads. In one, a series of images of anger and conflict all-too familiar to us from the past few years of Covid, BLM, and politics gone mad—people yelling at each other in subways, at storefronts, and at protest rallies—culminates with a reminder that “Jesus loved the people we hate.”

In another, a sequence of charming moments of children at their most innocent, loving, and childlike is followed by the text “Jesus didn’t want us to act like adults.” Another tells the story of a refugee family in language and pictures evoking a contemporary war zone like Syria, only to reveal that the family in question was Joseph, Mary, and Jesus fleeing to Egypt. “Jesus was a refugee. He gets us,” it concludes.

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Brad Littlejohn, Ph.D., is a Fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping public leaders understand the intellectual and historical foundations of our current breakdown of public trust, social cohesion, and sound governance. His research investigates shifting understandings of the nature of freedom and authority, and how a more full-orbed conception of freedom, rooted in the Christian tradition, can inform policy that respects both the dignity of the individual and the urgency of the common good. He also serves as President of the Davenant Institute.

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