It is a great analogy. I think to take it one step further you could illustrate how the "leaders" of todays country have bastardized the philosophy of the founders, and the "leaders" of religion have (IMO) bastardized the message of Jesus.
Religion has done the same thing the media does - celebrate the individual, and create gods among men. It's like you said. Jesus is within us, but religion (seems to me) spends so much time celebrating the individual of Jesus instead of his message. I think jesus was trying to tell us how to achieve "enlightenment" not that HE is dieing and fixing everything.
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