In a seminary textbook of mine, the responsibilities of being a “citizen” are defined this way:
For me, these are not just structural or professional questions, they are theological and spiritual ones. Scripture is filled reminders that the essence of who I know myself to be as a child of God is intertwined with my brothers and sisters. Psalm 133:1 says, “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” And in Romans 12:4-5 “For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” And in Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
The list of passages is long and too many for this reflection but all pointing at one truth, we are brothers and sisters as children of God. We were made to be family and to love one another. When I see the people we serve at REACH and the volunteers we have, I am reminded that we are each called to be citizens, not just of Renton but of the Kingdom of God. I wonder what the world would look like if we are able to pass that on.
Rev. Leigh Weber serves as REACH's chaplain/pastor.