All the talk going on about the recall election in Wisconsin and collective bargaining has made me look up what it actually is about. I do not live in Wisconsin, but I grew up there and at least am mildly interested in this. It concerns me to see so much time, effort and money going into an event like this one. The way the rhetoric is flying you would think this actually was important. Well, at some level I suppose the conversation is important. But, at the normal, everyday, people are in pain and need help level, it does no good at all. In fact, it makes no difference who is elected to office because the King of the World is not elected, He reigns.
While people rally and complained over a governor they didn’t like, I spent yet another day at the Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston with a teenage boy who has cancer. It has been over a year now since he was diagnosed with cancer and it has taken its toll on him. It is hard enough to watch him go through it, but when you add all the others who are there it becomes somewhat unbearable. While people go about their daily life and take issue with things that ultimately don’t matter, these people suffer through intense treatments with no guarantee that they will survive. In my time going to the clinic, I have heard of a handful of children who have lost their lives to cancer. It is heart breaking to watch so many people suffer. In the light of that sort of suffering, does it really matter if your union has collective bargaining rights or not?
But, I understand the objections to that comment. Many will say I am being closed-minded, or short-sighted. Maybe I am just not sympathizing with those who are working those jobs. Let me assure you that my angle here is not political, it is spiritual. To me it makes no difference what job you do, what money you are making or how powerful your bargaining rights are. At the end of the day, we are all in need of salvation because we all will face death and will stand before God. Some people are up against the reality of death in a much more vivid way right now as they struggle with serious illnesses, while others forget about their mortality and make big issues out of things that really aren’t. When we get too caught up in politics it is easy to lose track of what matters. When God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, there was no collective bargaining involved. The price was set. The deal was made and it was either to be accomplished or abandoned. Thankfully in the midst of the suffering Jesus allowed the will of God to be accomplished and not His desire to be free from pain. In an instant, it was finished and the grip that sin had on our lives was removed.
You see, if we had it our way we would try to earn our way to God. If we took the same approach these politicians want to take we would tell God that we will live this way and do these things if He does these things in return. But, God has done it all for us already. We just need to accept it.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
When it comes to the most important thing, salvation, no bargaining is needed. It is finished. It is offered to all and God is still the true King. He is who we need and He is the one we ought to be desparate for. The song below is a song that expresses that. If you have time, listen to it prayerfully. I know you will be encouraged to live your life in Christ with the things that matter at the front.