A renowned Christian apologist is responding to a recent article in the Washington Post that promotes the concept of gender neutrality, that is, identifying neither as male or female.
The article, entitled “When No Gender Fits: A Quest to Be Seen as Just a Person,” tells the story of a 18-year-old woman named Kelsey from Michigan who struggles with identifying as a female, and prefers not to have any gender at all.
“People would say Kelsey was pretty, and it made Kelsey squirm—not because Kelsey felt unattractive but because other people’s definitions of pretty, or handsome for that matter, didn’t work,” the article outlines. “Dresses and makeup only made Kelsey feel uglier, but boy clothes weren’t right either.”
Reporter Monica Hesse tells the story from the perspective of Kelsey feeling torn as she shops for a t-shirt that bears the message she wishes to convey as she prepares to leave for college.
“I just want something subtle, but where people know what I’m talking about,” Kelsey stated. “I really just want something that makes it clear I’m not a girl.”
“I don’t want to be a girl wearing boy’s clothes, nor do I want to be a girl who presents as a boy,” she also wrote in a letter to her mother Nancy. “I just want to be a person who is recognized as a person. That’s how I’m most comfortable. I’m just a person wearing people clothes, who likes to look like myself and have others see me how I see me.”
Kelsey’s mother also struggles with referring to her daughter as she wishes: not as “she” or “her,” but rather the neutral term “they.”
“Using ‘they’ just seems like such an impersonal thing,” she said, but soon after obliged her daughter by attending a homosexual pride festival with her.
“How do you navigate the world when the world is built on identifying with one group or another group, male or female, and the place that feels most right to you is neither?” Hesse asks.
But Christian apologist Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis wrote in a blog post on Sunday that Hesse’s article is indicative of the continued rebellion against God’s created order.
“This story highlights the continuing degradation of a culture that used to be based on biblical principles but has now gone adrift in a sea of everyone doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 17:6),” he wrote. “Instead of basing our definitions of masculinity and femininity on an absolute authority—the Bible—culture is by and large redefining male and female by what ‘feels most right to you.'”
“If you have no absolute authority and being ‘genderless’ feels right to you, why not go for it? And, of course, if you can arbitrarily change what gender means then the definition of marriage is also open to redefinition,” Ham said.
He noted that God had a purpose for creating two different genders, and that the Scripture outlines that woman was created to be the complementary helpmate to the man.
“God has not left us adrift in regard to gender. Genesis reveals that God created Adam and Eve male and female as two distinct persons, both specially made in His image (Genesis 1:26),” Ham explained. “Even though both males and females are completely equal in God’s sight (Galatians 3:28), there is a distinction of roles between the two. This distinction was present from the beginning, “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’”
The founder of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, opined that mankind should welcome God’s definite design, not distort it.
“Gender is not a social construct that confines us and can be arbitrarily changed based on our feelings—it is a God-ordained created order that has been present from the beginning but has been marred by sin (Genesis 3:16),” he stated. “Instead of trying to change ourselves into the opposite of who God created us to be, we should embrace our God-given gender.”
Ham encouraged Christians to reach out to others with this truth.
“Sadly, we are now seeing more and more stories like Kelsey’s, but we need to remember to reach out to these individuals with the gospel of Jesus Christ and a message of the true design for men and women,” he said.