Nichole Nordeman has memories of her mom playing the piano, singing songs, and encouraging her and her brother to sing along. It’s this time with her mom, she remembered developing a real love for Christian music. She then spent almost her entire childhood at a Christian school. While Nordeman’s thankful for this kind of education, she has come to realize the drawback to being raised so isolated.
On “Wide Eyed” from the 1998 album of the same name, Nordeman confesses her own struggle with the condemnation and her short-sighted judgment of others who thought differently from herself. The very same struggle most of us share in the world today, whether raised in a Christian school as a believer or not.
Shouldn’t we be the ones who offer grace in our world without condemnation? As a wise man once said, “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.