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by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Rock & amp; Roll Jesus vs. Actual Jesus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast October, when Kid Rock released Rock & amp; Roll Jesus, it was a not-so-subtle implication that he makes a better messiah for the 21st century than the guy who had held the title for the last 2000 years. We'll be the judge of that.





Brand Progression


& lt;li & Rock & amp; Roll Jesus & r & Devil without a Cause, American Badass, Rock N' Roll Jesus & lt;/li &


& lt;li & Actual Jesus & r & Man, Son of Man, Son of God & lt;/li &





Hates On


& lt;li & Rock & amp; Roll Jesus & r & "Habitual offenders, scumbag lawyers with agendas ... Natural disasters ... these wolves in sheep clothes pastors." & lt;/li &


& lt;li & Actual Jesus & r & Temple money changers, the Pharisees, the Yankees (unverified) & lt;/li &





Facial Hair


Pretty much identical





Key Commandment


& lt;li & Rock & amp; Roll Jesus & r & "Turn me up in the headphones" & lt;/li &


& lt;li & Actual Jesus & r & "Love your neighbor as yourself" & lt;/li &





Sales Numbers


& lt;li & Rock & amp; Roll Jesus & r & 24 million albums in last 11 years. Devil Without a Cause sold 11 million in 1998, about 10 million behind Garth Brooks' Double Live. & lt;/li &


& lt;li & Actual Jesus & r & 250 million Bibles in last 11 years, about 100 million behind Harry Potter. & lt;/li &





Celebrity Marriage


& lt;li & Rock & amp; Roll Jesus & r & Pam Anderson (formerly) & lt;/li &


& lt;li & Actual Jesus & r & Mary Magdalene (allegedly) & lt;/li &





Conclusion


Rock & amp; Roll Jesus is vitriolic, narcissistic, covetous, shallow and obsessed with sex and fame. Pretty much the messiah we deserve. Actual Jesus better hire an image consultant.





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