“Bill de Blasio and Gender ‘X’ in NYC”
On Tuesday, October 9th New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law which will allow residents in the city to choose a third gender category, “X,” on city-issued birth certificates. Under current law, individuals must submit paperwork from a physician or other licensed health-care provider in order to change their gender. But now, with this procedural hurdle lifted, people born in New York City can decide for themselves if they want to switch between “male,” “female,” or “X,” which supposedly means gender non-conforming. Speaking about the bill, Mayor de Blasio said this: “New Yorkers should be free to tell their government who they are—not the other way around.”
What Mayor de Blasio gets fundamentally wrong here is that it has never been the government’s job to tell us who we are. Nowhere in the Constitution is the government granted the power to “define human beings.” Our identity as either male or female is what God tells us about who we are. A government, at its best, merely recognizes and conforms its practice to what God has defined by nature.
This whole issue strikes at the very heart of Christian theology: something called the creature-Creator distinction. The Bible begins, in its very first chapter, with these foundational affirmations: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and “Male and female he created them.” So God is the creator; we are the creatures. We as creatures cannot create our own reality, as if we were gods. We can either choose to accept our gender with gratitude or to reject it in defiance of the Creator. There is no option “X.”
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 25 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, Choosing the Extraordinary Life: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.