In my blog post ‘What I Love About the Coca-Cola “It’s Beautiful” Super Bowl Ad’, I gave my take on the the ad, which features the song ‘America The Beautiful’ sung in various languages with images of people of color, gay parents and people of varying ethnic backgrounds. This ad has caused a lot anger, hate or just plain snarky comments from folks; mostly centered around the songs translation into other languages.
After my post, I recalled something else, which provides us the most insightful commentary of all on the subject:
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? — The Bible (New International Version) Acts 2: 1-8
As many people who have “sincere religious beliefs” often state, they don’t hate, they just follow what’s in the Bible because it’s the Word of God. Seems like God got the final word in on this controversy.
As Michael Patrick Leahy wrote in his commentary on breitbart.com ‘America The Beautiful’ is “a deeply Christian patriotic anthem…” If that’s true, it seems like it would be more Christian to cheer the ad vs. tear it down.