Check out the latest video from “Dance-derived alternative rockers” (that’s what their press release says …) Family Force 5. The band is currently on the Winter Wonder Slam tour with TobyMac, Relient K and special guest B. Reith. The tour runs through December 14th and is collecting toys for Toys for Tots. You can get complete tour dates on the Winter Wonder Slam website.In a press release about the tour, tobyMac noted his pleasure at the artists assembled for the Winter Wonder Slam mission, commenting, “During the holidays, everyone needs a break from studying for exams and Christmas shopping. I wanted to put together a diverse tour that rocks in many musical directions but always points to Christ. The Winter Wonder Slam Tour does have a Christmas theme, but every band will be playing their hits and doing it the way they do!”I admit I’m a little cranky this morning; I woke up to several inches of snow and I’m definitely not ready for winter. But …I’m still trying to figure out how some of this music “points to Christ”, as tobyMac says. It’s hot, it’s completely relevent and totally cool. Great production, the band is funfunfun. I’m sure all of these bands on the tour are devout in their faith. I’m not questioning that at all (so save the “stop judging” comments for another day, OK?) But is “doing it the way they do” what we’re commanded? Or are we trying to fit Jesus into our own image of cool? When we’re attaching “Christian” to a genre of music, shouldn’t we be glorifying Christ? Sigh. Forgive my cynicism. The question of “what is Christian music” is always simmering just under the surface for me, and it bubbles up once in a while and makes me ask, “Is this Christian music,” especially when I’m little cranky. It could be that my conversation with Jeremy Camp is still ringing in my ears. Or maybe all of this Bible reading I’ve done in 2008 is starting to get to me.RELATED POSTListen to an excerpt of my interview with Jeremy Camp (scroll to the bottom of the post to find the link)

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