A few years ago, while I was trying to come back to Christ, I decided to drop pretty much all the secular bands that I liked, including my favorite, Nine Inch Nails. I have suffered with depression my whole life, and I felt like singing along with the negative lyrics was just reinforcing my hatred of myself and everything around me. So, I dropped my favorite bands and started over. At this point I started to get into the harder music because the lyrics seemed to hit home a bit more. So, now I'm completely into Hardcore and Metal and all the screaming. I just love it. The reason I say this is so that you guys understand that I haven't listened to secular music in probably three and a half years. I just started slipping some non depressing secular music into my library so that I could maybe find another band like NIN but with more positive lyrics. While checking around YouTube I found a Linkin Park song that didn't sound familiar. Linkin Park used to be one of my favorite bands. The song was called Given Up. I was really struck with how depressing this song was! The video just added to the sadness I felt for whoever wrote out these lyrics. Wake in a sweat again Another day's been laid to waste In my disgrace Stuck in my head again Feels like I'll never leave this place There's no escape I'm my own worst enemy [chorus] I've given up I'm sick of feeling Is there nothing you can say Take this all away I'm suffocating Tell me WHAT THE F*** IS WRONG WITH ME [end chorus] While screaming the Caps part the lead vocalist, Chester, makes a gun shape with his hand and puts it against his temple. He probably has the angriest face that I've ever seen him make during this part of the song. The song continues. [bridge] God!!!! Put me out of my misery Put me out of my misery Put me out of my Put me out of my f***ing misery [end bridge] I was actually kind of surprised that Linkin Park was even cussing, since they didn't have any cussing on their first few albums. Anyway, I was just thinking about how what we dwell on effects us. It's no wonder I was so depressed for so long. Secular music doesn't seem to give any hope to the listener. I listen to some dark Christian stuff, but at the end there is always hope. I encourage anyone that still listens to secular music to be very cautious about the lyrics that you are singing along with. I'm not saying that all secular music is bad. Just think hard about that favorite band of yours. Is that music really worth what it does to you?