Triage is the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties. They are known in three categories:
Immediate category. These casualties require immediate life-saving treatment.
Urgent category. These casualties require significant intervention as soon as possible.
Delayed category. These patients will require medical intervention, but not with any urgency.
There is also a triage color code:
Red: (Immediate) severe injuries but high potential for survival with treatment; taken to collection point first. Yelllow: (Delayed) serious injuries but not immediately life-threatening.
Green: (Walking wounded) minor injuries.
I suppose the Gospel is always somewhat of a Triage Message. Unlike the hospital emergency room or battlefield where there is the obvious physical condition. The Gospel being presented doesn’t always reflect if it is Red, Yellow or Green that is needed. The recipient of the Gospel isn’t wearing a red, yellow or green sticky tag and this is certainly as it should be. We don’t know the level of need. We only know the need for every person to experience the Gospel of the Kingdom. So we present it as completely as we are able. The Triage and the rest of it is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit.
“Until John the Baptist, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in.” Jesus