“Imperative” – JR Mott on Christianity in NZ, 1896

Christian missionary statesman John R Mott wrote, after his first visit to NZ & Australia in 1896:

“Shall these Colonies become a mighty Christian state, or shall they be  given over to secularism? Shall they be self-centred or shall they become a great missionary force? The answer to these questions hinges on the answer to yet another. Shall the universities remain centres of secularism and scepticism, or shall they become strongholds and distributing centres of Christianity? The need of some voluntary student Christian organization to answer this question in the only safe manner is imperative.”

He was probably right, and if we replace ‘colonies’ with ‘nations’ not much at all has changed, in my opinion.

 

JR Mott in 1910 – image from Wikipedia

 

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