An important line is, "Remember when we thought there were a handful of some magic words to pray?" In a Songfacts interview with Nordeman
, she explained this was "the sinner's prayer." Said Nordeman: "The words I repeated when I was 7 years old, without a clue as to what I was really saying, but certain that these magic words protected me from a fiery hell that a loving God would let me burn in forever if I didn't say them. The prayer that is not found in scripture, anywhere.
I could write pages on how deeply disturbed I am by how much damage is still done by fear-based salvation. How much unlearning a lot of us grown-ups are still doing."