"Brand Jesus makes the perfect Chaplain for the American way of life because he gives it his uncompromising support - regardless of what it consists of. He is the ideal spiritual yes-man, permitting much while forbidding a few sacred cows so that his flock can maintain delusional pretensions at moral rigor. In this sense, he bears all the odium of the Pharisees' moral blindness, but without any of their rigorous discipline. (This same principle drove masses to hysteria about Janet Jackson's breast - and only
about her breast - in the midst of that completely sexually explicit and violent dance routine.)
"I can almost hear the retort: 'Well, what are you going to do? Ask people to move, change careers, upend their whole lives? Following Jesus can't be that hard
"Certainly not. Jesus would never ask his followers to leave their livelihoods, their hometowns, their families. Would he?
"Well - Brand