Gender Neutral

About the only thing I agree with Joseph Campbell on is his insistence that people are more than their gender. Something deeper. By the way, Campbell was primarily responsible for opening America's ears and eyes to the various mythologies of the world. He was a jack-of-all-religious traditions and an adherent of none.

Paul says that in Christ Jesus, there is "neither male nor female" (Galatians 3:28). This is an interesting distinction considering how many Christians (men and women both) think that because they're of either sex, somehow the Word doesn't apply to them. The fact that I am a man has no bearing on the obedience that I owe God because He created (see Psalms 100:3), then recreated me (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Let alone the fact that He loves me. What Paul is saying here is that we are more than gender, more than human. We are a spirit with a soul, in a body (Hebrews 4:12 alludes to this). Don't think me heretical, but if we're created in God's image (see Genesis 1:26) and "God is a Spirit" (John 4:24), what does that make us?

Jesus deals with our spiritual core, then proceeds—as we choose, moment-by-moment, His will over ours (Matthew 6:33; 2 Corinthians 10:5)—to fashion the godly characteristics of each aspect of our being (Luke 21:19; 2 Peter 1:5). This is why so many problems that are featured on the world's stage are not seen or dealt with effectively. Because they're symptomatic of a deeper sickness. One that affects the spirit. And only Jesus can touch that place in a human.

God looks at our heart (1 Samuel 16:7; 2 Corinthians 10:7) He sees us as we truly are. No masks, no pretense. He loves you just as you are but wants to see you turn into everything He had in mind when He first thought of you. Let Him do it.

"And [I] will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:18)

We are His sons and daughters—as we are "led by the Spirit of God" (Romans 8:14).