Although 70% of the Norwegian population are members of the Church of Norway, only 2% attend church regularly and up to 25% of the population is non-religious and do not believe in either God or other higher powers.
But Christians in general and evangelicals in particular are a divisive and disruptive force even in secular countries. Practicing evangelicals may be a minority in Norway, but they cause problems way out of proportion to their minuscule numbers.
An Evangelical Lutheran Church in Skien is a disruptive force in its residential neighborhood. Neighbors are complaining that the light from the cross on top of the church tower is too bright and constitutes a health hazard.
Christians are supposed to be a light to the world, they are called upon to magnify the light of Christ’s love, compassion and peace. But evangelicals, especially in America, have turned their backs on the light of Jesus, and are blinding society with the neon light of extremism and religious hucksterism.
The light of the evangelicals doesn’t warm the soul and it doesn’t illuminate the truth, on the contrary it sears the soul and blinds us to the beauty in the world.
The Skauen church in Skien should replace their illuminated cross with a simple wooden cross, they should seek to minister to their neighbors instead of antagonizing them.