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Ryan: Just Do It Because It’s Right

On his Facebook wall, Ryan Brodwater posts: "Facebook sure is great at informing people what they care about ... for that particular week. Last week, it was amazing to see how many people had close, personal relationships with Robin Williams. This week, everyone is suddenly committed to fighting ALS... by pouring water over their heads. So... I have my own "challenge" for people. Donate blood. Volunteer for an hour. Clean up a public space. Do something random and meaningful that actually benefits others. And DON'T post anything about it on Facebook, or even care if anyone knows about it. As one of my mountain climbing friends once told me, "I don't need to sign the summit log. I know I was there."

Question: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: "Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven (Living Translation)." How do you think that verse would read, if the social media translated the Bible?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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