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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Making gender a choice?

I first heard about this story on Albert Mohler's Daily Briefing and then ran across it in my news reader.

He, she, or it? Family keeps baby's gender a secret

The first question people ask after hearing of a new arrival is usually, “Boy or girl?”

Friends and family of one Canadian couple are getting no answer to this simple inquiry. Kathy Witterick and her husband David Stocker have decided to keep baby Storm's gender a secret.

“We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place?),” the couple wrote in an email to friends and family after Storm’s birth, according to the Toronto Star.

Other than Storm’s parents, the only other people to know Storm’s gender are the couple’s two sons, Jazz, 5, and Kio, 2, the midwives who delivered the baby and a close family friend. They got the idea to raise a genderless child from a book they found in the library, and told the paper the secrecy is about giving their children freedom.

Seeing as how this story is coming out of Canada and in today's society when gender neutrality seems to be the way society is going, I'm not wholly surprised. Many of the comments on the article posted, however, show that many people still do believe that gender is not a choice. You are born either a boy or a girl. There are few exceptions with regards to certain birth defects, but overall, most babies are born either one or the other. 

The Bible says this:

[27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.(Genesis 1:27 ESV)

Lady Gaga wants to sing about being born a certain way with regards to gender neutrality, but the fact remains that nothing we can say will override the fact that God has created us male and female in His image. He created gender and sustains gender. We cannot say that our child will choose gender they want to be. I just started a book by Glenn T. Stanton of Focus on the Family that talks about this very issue with regards to raising our sons and daughters to be confident in the gender they were born with. 

What are your thoughts on this issue?