The web is abuzz with the story about two parents who are keeping their newborn child’s gender a secret. Although the baby is definitely either male or female, these parents are refusing to tell anyone, instead opting to name the baby “Storm” and clothe the baby in non-descript outfits.
The parents have defended their bizarre decision in an email sent to family and friends: “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? …).”
In other words, they’re raising their newborn child as a political statement. Sadly, the tragic results for the child will far outweigh any political points this “progressive” stunt may garner. The parents’ desire for attention will only result in psychological and spiritual harm to their child.
When God deliberated to create human beings, he created them in their wholeness as male and female. All humans possess this important aspect of the image of God. Humans are meant to embrace their God-given maleness or femaleness, not reject it as a societal construct.
Scripture addresses this issue directly and definitively:
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27).
God did not first create a neutral species of human beings and then add on gender characteristics. God created the gendered human body. He is intimately involved with the creation of all aspects of the human body from the moment of conception forward (Psalm 139:13). As such, humanity is made male and female.
As men and women, humans are created as image bearers of God. Every human relates to God, others and themselves as either a man or a woman. To deny this truth is to deny a basic understanding of human existence.
The whole situation is tragic and wrong. God created us as male and female and doesn’t make mistakes. The rejection of gender is a rejection of the image of God and is in direct defiance to God’s will for His creation.
Each week the woman asks the same question about the baby with the squishy cheeks and feathery blond hair.
Witterick smiles, opens her arms wide, comments on the sunny spring day, and keeps walking.
She’s used to it. The neighbours know Witterick and her husband, David Stocker, are raising a genderless baby. But they don’t pretend to understand it.
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For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.(NKJV)