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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 9. June 27, 1957



As individuals, the fast consideration of Christians is the salvation of souls. Nothing is more important than that—not all the cars in Detroit nor all the rice in China—for "What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"

As members of society, what should Christians be doing? Christians should be exerting their influence for God in every sphere of life. The early Christians did this so effectively that they were accused of "turning the world upside down". It is, alas! an accusation that could not be levelled at Christians today. Yet the world still needs to be "turned upside down".

What are the relevant social issues for Christians in New Zealand today? These have all been ignored in B.'s article with one exception—the H-bomb. The H-bomb is all too relevant and Christians should be praying and working to help to make nuclear warfare an impossibility. But why choose South Africa? is South Africa the only country in the world where there is some kind of social injustice? Or have we no weeds in our own garden that we can afford to weed other people's? Look at them:

The White New Zealand policy—"We don't want this place overrun by niggers and Japs."

The much-vaunted standard of living—"No, we're not having any more children till we get the wall-to-wall carpel."

The excessive interest in sport to the detriment of other equally valuable things—"Gethsemane? Never heard of it and I thought I knew-all the big Springbok parks."