Written by Stryper's lead singer Michael Sweet, "Honestly" was the only song by a Christian metal band ever to crack the Top 40. While the group did take a more secular approach to their songs a few years later, the To Hell with the Devil
era Stryper was overtly Christian in their music. "Honestly" can be viewed as a song about human friendship, but all of Sweet's compositions at that time also touched on the love of God.
In our 2011 interview with Michael Sweet
, he told us: "We just wanted to serve God, and we just said, Lord, we just want to be used. We want to be different. We want to go out and reach these kids."