Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Can There Really Be a Third Gender?

Yesterday, October 16, 2017, California became the first state to officially recognize a third gender. What they have named as a "non-binary" gender option is a law created to allow California citizens to choose a third gender option for legal items such as birth certificates, drivers licences, and other legal documents.

What seems like a progressive move into the "right direction" is truly just another attack on God's truth.

In times like these many of us are stuck, confused on how to respond. With scientific data, and fancy philosophical ideas, our understanding of God's truth begins to fog.

But can there really be a third a gender?

To answer this we'll have to begin by asking a few other questions first:

Who is our authority?
Our culture has been putting forth every effort to redefine gender according to it's own standard. But as Christian girls, we need to recognize that God is our main authority source. Nothing can stand against him and his truth. (2 Chronicles 20:6) He is the ultimate reality in which we should measure all other opinions and ideas through.

Our cultures decision to write it's own rules does not change the truth that God has laid before us.

How does God define Gender?
Since God is our authority and the ultimate source of reality and truth-- we need to look to his word to define gender.

Scripture tells us that in the beginning God created us male and female. (Genesis 5:2; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6) And that both guys and girls were created to complement one another. (Genesis 2:18)

Scripture doesn't give us an option to add nor swap around genders.

Why is gender so important?
When God created the world he was very intentional about every detail. Gender wasn't some random afterthought or cosmic accident. Our genders carry a huge importance in God's good plan.

Both men and women reveal differing aspects of God's character and nature. Through femininity and masculinity God's image is upheld.

When we begin to chip away at God's design for gender we taint God's image that we are called to display with our lives.

How does God call us as Christian girls to uphold gender?
Since God's design for gender plays a huge role in how we display his image-- we as Christian girls are called to a higher standard when it comes to this area. We can't sit on the fence about issues that seek to undermine God's truth.

In our own personal lives we can uphold God's design for gender by having the same attitude that David had when he wrote "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14) In a culture that has decided that God's idea isn't good enough, we can continue to praise him for it.

In order to really be able to praise God for our femininity, we need to have a solid, biblical understanding of what it means to be a woman. We can't look to culture to define our womanhood. We can't just go with whatever is popular or even progressive. Our definition of womanhood must come from our ultimate source of authority, God and his word.

So, can there really be a third gender? The answer is no. God's word as our ultimate source of truth overrides any government opinion on the matter. Not only does he does call us to recognize his design for gender but he calls us to uphold it as well. God esteems his design highly and wants us to share in the joy that it brings.

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