The Dones

There’s a lot of fatigue among Christians. This has contributed to an emerging new category of Christians that is causing serious concern for the church’s future – the “Dones.” The Dones are the growing number of people, now recognized statistically, who are simply done with church. Although they haven’t defected from the faith, evangelism is no longer a priority. They’ve simply checked out of church involvement. Their emphasis has shifted from service to God and others to their own renewal and recreation. Regrettably, this signals that a growing percentage of potential gospel carriers are taking themselves out of the lineup. In my opinion, although their love for God may remain strong most of the Dones have succumbed to the spirit of the times. James Emery White addresses this “me first” lifestyle: “We lose the vision God could give us of our world and our place in it. Too quickly, and often without struggle, we trade making history for making money, substitute building a life with building a career and sacrifice living for God with living for the weekend. . . . We become saved, but not seized; delivered, but not driven.”

The only hope of re-engaging this much-needed group is to reintroduce them once again to the gospel’s grandeur. We must freshly appeal to them to live large for Jesus Christ. “And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).