The tower Tyholttårnet

Up hills from the Bakklandet and the Møllenberg, some kilometres eastwards, we find the Tyholttårnet, in English “The Tyholt Tower”, built in 1985. It is said to be the second biggest tourist attraction in Trondheim, beaten only by the Nidaros Cathedral. The tower is a 124 metres high radio tower with a restaurant 80 metres up, which makes a 360 degrees revolution per hour. The view from the restaurant is spectacular. When sitting there we may reflect upon judging. We remember the words of Jesus was that we should not judge, and he said that the way we judge others, in the same way we would be judged ourselves. And Jesus said that we should let our communication be yes – yes or no – no. Anything more than this, said Jesus, comes from the evil.

And we may reflect upon how it is to be a ruler. When Jesus was taken to the Romans, to Pontius Pilatus, the chief, Pilatus wondered why Jesus would not be a fool. He wondered why Jesus would not serve the eyes of Pilatus. He asked Jesus, do you not know I have the power to crucify you and to release you? But Jesus let him know he had no power if it was not given him from above. And so Pilatus himself was a private – just like anyone else was. And therefore, said Jesus, the one giving Jesus to Pilate committed the greatest sin. By doing so he made the situation intolerable to Pilatus. The situation was. Pilatus would be a despot if he tortured and killed Jesus and he would face court martial for challenging the emperor in Rome if he did not. And so Pilatus washed his hands when sentencing Jesus to die on the cross. Doing so would be weak for a man in authority in most situations. But by doing so he showed himself to be a private, a citizen himself. He was not God or godlike. And so The Principle of Legacy was instituted. We should not be afraid of having to be fools when facing the king, when facing the authorities. What the king thinks about us should be of no importance. The important thing is that we adhere to the laws and the rules of the king. By doing so we are free.

The Principle of Legacy and The Principle of The Separation of Powers are the two core values of the Christian constitution. They principles were paid much attention to in the lawmaking of the Norwegian constitutional assembly at Eidsvold in 1814, both in the work of the assembly itself and in the formulation of the constitution.

The Principle of The Separation of Powers is the man’s most important principle in his relation to God. The principle of Legacy is the most important principle to the woman. And in the relation between man and woman the man should make the constitution and the woman should make the laws. The man should work out the principles. The woman should work out the rules. And both the man and the woman should follow them.