My kids watch a lot of stuff on the Disney Channel, so I’ve been aware of the Jonas Brothers for a while.
Three sweet kids who sing sweet pop songs.
They have apparently became a Pop Culture Phenomenon, and are now making surprise visits to movie theaters where their 3D concert film is showing.
They popped up at the Palisades Center on Saturday, causing young girls to swoon.
They also did a quickie press conference at the Westchester County Airport. And they were close to their hometown of Wyckoff, N.J.
I feel it is my duty to note that the Jonas Brothers are committed evangelical Christians.
Their dad, Kevin, is a former minister who managed Christian music groups (and now manages his sons).
The brothers wear “purity rings” that symbolize their commitment to wait for their wedding nights.
They are not an overt “Christian band,” but their faith is apparently right there. Joe Jonas: “Even songs we write today, if you really listen to the lyrics, it can be about love songs, but it’s also about our relationship with God. It’s simple. We’re Christian guys in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”
A review of their most recent CD by Christian Music Today summed up:
Like most albums, A Little Bit Longer will depend on the listener’s tolerance of teen pop conventions, both musical and lyrical. Don’t go into this album looking for deep Christian truths, because they’re not here. But those who appreciate pop for pop’s sake may be pleasantly surprised—tweens, teens, and even adults. Honor is due to the Jonas Brothers because these guys have come a long way in a short time. But it’s all too clear where they need to grow next. Imagine how much better the Jonas Brothers would be if they applied their fun sound to something more meaningful, and perhaps even spiritual.
Joanne Brokaw, who writes about Christian entertainment, has her doubts about how the Jonas Bros are marketing themselves:
And the last thing I hate is that their heart throb, teen idol status sends mixed messages about their stance on purity. I love that the guys wear purity rings and I believe they believe in what the rings stand for. But when you see them posing seductively on the cover of Rolling Stone (really, who thought that was cute?) and talking about their first kiss in Tiger Beat (or Bop or PopStar or whatever teen magazine you pick up), without an explanation of what purity really means, there’s the danger that what they share with their peers is simply a message that says, “Wear a purity ring but still be consumed with lusting after hot guys.”
Jonas Brothers. Christians. So noted.