The Holy Triage On Easter
(April 24, 2011) This article is about how things would be happening if Jesus Christ actually had risen from the dead, walked out of His tomb, there to reign with the government of this world on His shoulders. This subject is important to me because unless I can find Christians who agree with me about the Holy Triage I have no Christians to worship with on Easter, or any day for that matter.
Today is Easter. And a lot of people are talking about how Easter is a holiday that, while ostensibly designed to celebrate the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead, is actually a continuation of the worship of the ancient goddess Ishtar whose name was pronounced the way English speakers say Easter.
But all this talk about days, even Holy Days, does nothing to help us understand the Holy Triage.
A conversation I recently had with three FBI agents begins to define the Holy Triage.
I say "recently" but actually it was summer 2010, shortly after I had been released from jail after having been found not guilty of Terrorizing Elton John, the avowed sodomite who had concluded that my Lord Jesus Christ was Himself a sodomite. So it was in that context that three FBI Agents had been talking to me in my campaign headquarters (which was also where I lived) for about three hours.
What made this conversation different from the other times the FBI had sent agents to talk to me was one of the agents was a man I had gone to Westminster Theological Seminary with and had graduated with in 1985. His name was Tito Montes and he had married a girl who also graduated from Westminster at the same time as Tito and I and who, after graduation, had also joined the FBI. In the intervening twenty odd years (and I do mean odd) Tito and his wife had become an integral part of the national FBI apparatus.
The conversation had been lively (as my conversations with everyone tend to be because I don't get out much) and in response to something I said about Tito and I both having been trained at Westminster, Tito blurted out a summary of the entire curricula we had learned together at Westminster by saying, "We're to love the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our mind and all our soul, and to love our neighbor as ourself."
I shot back, "And who is our neighbor, Tito?"
Tito gave me a look like you give to people who ask questions they should already know the answer to; in other words, Tito looked at me like I was not too bright and said, "Everybody is our neighbor, Neal."
He said it like that, with everybody in italics.
Looking at Tito with as serious a look as I could get my eyes to send, I said, "Why didn't Jesus say that, Tito? Why didn't Jesus say what you said: that everybody is our neighbor? Was He stupid? Is that it? Jesus was just too stupid to know that everybody is our neighbor? He was so stupid that He had to tell a story about a man beat up by robbers and and left in a ditch to die? Was Jesus stupid to tell that story to define neighbor? Should Jesus just have said what you said? 'Everybody is our neighbor, Neal?' Was He stupid because He told a story about a man in imminent danger of death and defined that person as our neighbor? Was He stupid, Tito?"
Tito Montes--as my classmates from Westminster tend to be--was graceful in the face of my confronting words as he said what I knew he would have to say, "Well, Neal, I would never say that about Jesus; I would never call him that."
"I know you wouldn't Tito. But you see what's happened don't you? You have to define neighbor different than Jesus did because those little babies that are being murdered in legalized abortion they're exactly like that man Jesus was calling our neighbor; they're in imminent danger of death and if we don't stop people from killing them, we don't love our neighbor. We don't love our neighbor! But you can't understand what we're talking about right now because if you let yourself understand what I'm saying, you can't work for the FBI because this government has legalized the murder of our neighbor; you could never have worked all your life for the FBI. You'd be just as ostracized as I am!"
Tito Montes looked at the other two FBI agents who were in the room with us--young men, one white and one black--both of whom obviously looked to Tito for some kind of leadership. Unspoken communication occurred between the three, unspoken communication that I didn't understand then and don't understand now. I don't know how men as smart as Tito is, men who were trained to study the same Bible as me, men who I am certain believe they love the same Jesus as me, can do what they do. But I have a theory. I don't think they understand what the Lord taught about the Holy Triage.
They know the Lord Jesus Christ described the entire world as a battleground, and they know the Lord Jesus Christ came to save the world, not to condemn it, and they know the Lord Jesus Christ cast Himself in the role of the Great Physician but they don't know that the Lord tried to define the Holy Triage.
Because hardly anybody understands what the Lord was teaching about the Holy Triage, we get separated from the Lord every time we start working for the governments of this world. That's because human governments are not about saving the world, they're about looking after old number one, about fighting the war, not about triaging the victims in the war.
That's why Tito didn't define "neighbor" like Jesus did. Tito didn't understand that the story about the Good Samaritan was part of Jesus's attempt to teach us about the Holy Triage He was working to implement on earth.
The reason Tito couldn't understand about Jesus's Holy Triage is government has always defined categories of people who are not to be seen as our neighbors, not to be seen as people Jesus loved like He loved His own children; the governments of the world have always defined categories of people who were to be seen as aliens, outsiders, slaves, natives.
A friend recently showed me how the government of the United States of America had always treated the human beings it governed. John Marshall, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, explained the government of the United States of America's attitude toward people in the 1823 Supreme Court case called Johnson v. M'Intosh,
"On the discovery of this immense continent, the great nations of Europe were eager to appropriate to themselves so much of it as they could respectively acquire. Its vast extent offered an ample field to the ambition and enterprise of all; and the character and religion of its inhabitants afforded an apology for considering them as a people over whom the superior genius of Europe might claim an ascendency. The potentates of the old world found no difficulty in convincing themselves that they made ample compensation to the inhabitants of the new, by bestowing on them civilization and Christianity, in exchange for unlimited independence. But, as they were all in pursuit of nearly the same object, it was necessary, in order to avoid conflicting settlements, and consequent war with each other, to establish a principle, which all should acknowledge as the law by which the right of acquisition, which they all asserted, should be regulated as between themselves. This principle was, that discovery gave title to the government by whose subjects, or by whose authority, it was made, against all other European governments, which title might be consummated by possession.
The exclusion of all other Europeans, necessarily gave to the nation making the discovery the sole right of acquiring the soil from the natives, and establishing settlements upon it. It was a right with which no Europeans could interfere. It was a right which all asserted for themselves, and to the assertion of which, by others, all assented.
Those relations which were to exist between the discoverer and the natives, were to be regulated by themselves. The rights thus acquired being exclusive, no other power could interpose between them.
In the establishment of these relations, the rights of the original inhabitants were, in no instance, entirely disregarded; but were necessarily, to a considerable extent, impaired. They were admitted to be the rightful occupants of the soil, with a legal as well as just claim to retain possession of it, and to use it according to their own discretion; but their rights to complete sovereignty, as independent nations, were necessarily diminished, and their power to dispose of the soil at their own will, to whomsoever they pleased, was denied by the original fundamental principle, that discovery gave exclusive title to those who made it.
While the different nations of Europe respected the right of the natives, as occupants, they asserted the ultimate dominion to be in themselves; and claimed and exercised, as a consequence of this ultimate dominion, a power to grant the soil, while yet in possession of the natives. These grants have been understood by all, to convey a title to the grantees, subject only to the Indian right of occupancy.
The history of America, from its discovery to the present day, proves, we think, the universal recognition of these principles."
The reason I give in my book written about 25 years ago Call It Revolution that the United States of America originally embodied God's plan for government was because this government was erected on the idea stated in the Declaration of Independence that The Creator endowed all men with certain unalienable rights.
In that book I claim and try to prove that this idea of all people being endowed by God with rights that could not be taken away by government was in fact God's plan for government because God is Himself no respecter of persons. He does in fact want to govern all people according to a principle that all people created by God are EQUAL under the law of God. It was the inclusion of that idea in the Declaration of Independence that I contend led God to award the Founders of this nation with victory in the American Revolution and to win the right to create a government on earth. I contend that the presence of this idea in the Founding Document of the United States of America explains why God has blessed this nation above all the nations of earth.
But the conversation with the Christian, Tito Montes, and the FBI I cited earlier proves my theory has not made much progress in gaining acceptance in this nation. Tito proves that the rationale of John Marshall--the justification of European self-interest in the face of an uncivilized non-Christian world--albeit a genteel and imminently reasonable critique of history, is one which turns Christianity into the servant of the raw, self-interested, rapacious cunning of Europe. And it does all that in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ.
Were Tito to be a prisoner in one of the jails of this nation for having done all he knew to do to stop people from butchering unborn babies, I would have no argument with Tito. But Tito, my fellow classmate from Westminster, has chosen to spend his life in the service of the government leading the governments of the world in authorizing the slaughter of the least of God's children if their presence is unwanted by their next of kin.
And in that decision Tito has proven what he thinks should be happening in the world where Jesus Christ is alleged to have walked out of a tomb, risen from the dead. In that decision Tito has defined with his decisions on earth what he believes about the triage priorities of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why This Subject Is Important To Every Person On Earth
We live in a new time: we are as surely in a new New World as the Pilgrim forefathers ever were.
We live in a world where the peoples of the earth are beginning to see themselves as One, a world where the ideals of democracy have given the masses of the globe the idea that everyone can have equal access to the benefits of equal protection of the power of government on earth.
Except there is a major flaw in the theory. Everyone is not being seen to be the same under the law. Take the unwanted fetus for example. The fetus is today the new slave, the new native American, the new woman in bondage to the man. I would say the fetus is the new nigger but that would not be accurate: the slave in America who was called the nigger was never treated like the unwanted fetus. The unwanted fetus is not only being held in bondage like a slave; the unwanted fetus is being murdered, simply eliminated from life as if the fetus was not even alive at all. No slave in American history was so treated; they were too valuable for that.
In the past even when slaves made themselves so unwanted that their masters thought about murdering them, they were rarely murdered.
We all know why that is. Murdering a slave raised the specter of reaping what was being sown. Even the slave holders realized that if the slaves believed they were in danger of being murdered, they might rise up and begin killing in self-defense.
But the fetus can't fight like the native American Indians, can't try to run away on the Underground Railroad like the Southern Slave. The fetus is just murdered without even a scream of horror reaching anyone's ears.
Except me: I sometimes cry, even scream. That's because I hear the screams of the murdered unwanted fetuses. I dreamed I could hear voices coming from the trunk of my car. And I dreamed when I went to look in the trunk there was no one there. I woke up then. And as I thought about my dream, I realized that might have been the little babies trying to make contact with me in this world. So I wrote these words because I want to try to help them be heard.
The definition of triage is available to anyone who can read English:
1a : the sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients and especially battle and disaster victims according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors b : the sorting of patients (as in an emergency room) according to the urgency of their need for care
The Lord Jesus Christ defined the Holy Triage. The story of Good Samaritan tells us that we cannot walk by any person in danger of imminent death without stopping to help them. If we do ignore them and treat their imminent death as if it was not our business, we are like the Levite and the Priest, the people the Lord Jesus Christ used as examples of people who do not love their neighbor. But that's not the whole plan for the Holy Triage.
The Lord Jesus Christ also told us the order in which people were to be treated if there were so many in need of help that we had to make those hard triage decisions. The Lord Jesus Christ said that as we did it unto the least of these we did it unto Him. I think that is the critically important part of the Holy Triage. It is not just our neighbors in imminent danger of death that Jesus wants to Triage, but Jesus turns the wisdom of the world on its head and tells us the first shall the last and the last first. The least among us are to be triaged first, not the greatest. In other words, when there are so many people in danger of imminent death that we don't know who to serve first, we arrange the people created by Jesus Christ so that beginning with the least we work our way from the least to the next least until the greatest has been taken care of. That's the Holy Triage, from the least to the greatest, a triage utterly different than the one the world defines.
The world just can't get that in focus. It doesn't make any sense. Why would we triage the least, the weakest, the most vulnerable before we would triage the greatest, the most powerful?
Why? Because the greatest among us are not the most vulnerable, that's why. Jesus Christ is about helping those who can't help themselves. He came to help sick people. That's why He's the Great Physician. He came to help the lame, the blind, the lost, the weak, the helpless.
That's why it's harder for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven than it is to get a camel through the eye of a needle. The rich man thinks he can take care of himself because he's got all that money, all that power. Rich men can always justify why it's reasonable and proper and necessary to treat some people as though their rights are "necessarily diminished" as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall did. The rich man doesn't even think about Jesus Christ until he realizes there's some things money can't buy.
Jesus is not like that. That's why He created the Holy Triage the way He did. Would that we would serve Him like every day was the day the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead and took not only the hospitals of this world on His shoulders but the governments as well.
PS: One of the reasons I don't believe in coincidence can be traced to events that utterly belie the "laws" of statistics: My daughter just called 10 minutes ago and told me she was pregnant with our first grandchild. Know that fetus is wanted and will be triaged according to the Holy Triage. Anybody other than The Creator who tries to change that triage decision should consider themselves in imminent danger of the wrath of God. And if that's a terroristic threat, so be it.