Social Media Warrior Makes Matthew 10:22 His Life Verse And Succeeds At Being Hated By All

Social Media Warrior Makes Matthew 10:22 His Life Verse And Succeeds At Being Hated By All

Many Christians have a “life verse”, or passage of the Bible that inspires them to become all they can be. They may put this verse on their refrigerator, or inside their Bible, or on a mirror. Typical life verses adopted by people are, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Sam Riddle has a favorite verse too. Every day before logging onto Twitter he stands in front of the mirror and quotes Matthew 10:22.. “You will be hated by all on account of my name.” These are words of both comfort and challenge, explains Riddle. “I’m not on Twitter to be liked. Jesus said, ‘If the world hates you, understand that they hated me before they hated you.’ Hey, that’s a lot to live up to. Believe me… it isn’t easy to get up every morning and be as hated as Jesus was. But I’m doing my best.”

Sam is wary of the “LIKE” buttons on social media. One of his other favorite Bible quotes drives this perspective. “In that space on your profile where you can tell something about yourself, I put this quote of Jesus, ‘Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets.’ I have a few like-minded friends who always hit the LIKE button. They are my accountability partners. But if other people start to LIKE a post, I realize I must be softening the message. So the next day I hit it harder. I think the Bible says somewhere that too many LIKES is the Devil’s playground. But I’m not sure about that one. I may float it out there tomorrow and see how many people jump on me.”

Riddle has been unfriended by many of his friends. This used to upset him. Now he chalks it up to another favorite verse… “‘Friendship with the world is hatred toward God.’ If I am going to hate someone it is not going to be God.”

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