An actual question I received in an email:
From what we’ve read Finland is a secular and socialist country. How do members of the church protect there (sic) families and stay strong in the gospel there?
Here is my response:
First of all, you have your facts wrong. Finnish people may not go to church as often as you want them to, but Finland has two state religions, and the Christian ethos of these religions plays a huge role in the political and social life of Finland. The markers of that Christianity are different from the markers of Christianity in America, but, for instance, the sense of having a civil community and the care for the poor and the elderly are, I think, an outgrowth of that religious tradition. Finnish people don’t like to talk about religion with people they don’t know very well, partially to avoid conflict, but all of our friends know of our faith and it is rarely an issue.
My advice? Seek out what is praiseworthy and seek to understand that which is unfamiliar. I know for myself this has been a rewarding experience.