This is the seventh of several “song blogs” I’ll be doing to tell the stories behind the songs on “Protest Songs“. (You can listen or download for free or whatever you want to pay here.) Here’s one I wrote just a few months ago.
In the church circles I run in, we like to categorize people to better understand them. We have now got some groups called “nones”, who no longer identify with a religion, and the “dones” who are so disenchanted with religion and Christianity that they no longer want to be identified with it. Some of those people are not really done with God, some are, sadly, only because of the way they see believers behave.
I am noticing yet another group that is really done with the very public Christianity that is espoused by certain Christian leaders, but are very much still lovers of Jesus and faith. Some of us have stayed in the church (a lot of us work there) and some of us have even given up on that.
In the last few years, and even more so in the past few months (as of September 2016 when I am writing this), certain parts of the Evangelical movement have morphed into what is now more of a conservative political movement than anything remotely religious or spiritual, and many of us feel that this represents a move away from many of the core teachings of Jesus towards a pursuit of some kind of influence and power in the world that Jesus would have us be wary of and perhaps even actively avoid. So a lot of people who once called themselves Evangelical are becoming part of the “dones”, even though they still believe strongly in Jesus. This song is for us.
This is another song I tried desperately to “soften”, but opted not to, simply because it better represents what I was feeling at the moments I wrote it.