How Christian is Christian Rock?
Probably about as Christian as Orthodox discussion boards and Catholic books and Evangelical magazines. You take from these things what you can, or want, or need, and leave the rest for others to consider.
Some Christian rock/metal lyrics from randomly picked songs of the three CM bands I enjoy the most:
"and I, left to myself can only hope to survive.
and I, left to myself can only slowly die.
but given grace I know I can,
given grace I can learn to forgive.
in the face of all of this.
given grace I can truly live." - Six Feet Deep, Broken Tree
"Your ship has crashed no sign of shore-to sit in your lifeboat-you can do no more
5 days at sea starved to the core-lifeboat is leaking-a rip in the floor
But wait-on the horizon-land-land hoe!
will you sit there and pray-or will you get up and row?
The next time you are quick to say 'I’m just waitin’ on the Lord'
just make sure that you remember where we all have been before" - Tourniquet, If Pigs Could Fly
"I tried to cry out from the inside,
but I guess my soul did not pour itself out enough
Blood on the walls, flaming black, blood on the walls,
I saw you staring through the cracks
No one was to know what was happening in me I felt no love,
I felt no reason to carry on with my life
Everything was wrong, nothing was right, at least that is what I thought
Kids finding laughter at my expense
They were killing me on the inside they couldn't give up their pride
My heart was bleeding from so much grieving
On the outside I looked fine,
you couldn't tell but on the inside was eternal hell
I got caught up in the moment of depression,
and before I knew it my bodywas lying on the ground
With a gun in my hand my hourglass was out of sand
Thanks to all the people who drove me to death
Without you I could of never ended my breath
Through your anger and hate, I was able to choose my fate
There was a way out, but I chose the easy route
Blast of a gun, breath runs out, final thoughts put to extinction
No more pain, no more love,
for you have chosen suicide as the way out... help them" - Underoath, Act of Depression