Turns out you probably can be . . . in New York City. But only if you are deemed to have done so with “malicious intent.” Which means . . . well, what does it mean? Since we can’t see inside a person’s heart to determine whether or not malice lurks there, it is a subjective judgment, isn’t it? Perhaps based on considerations such as whether that person believes and practices Genesis 1:27 as foundational to his or her faith.
Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
It is now becoming a crime, specifically a hate crime, to believe in binary genders. Or that God created binary genders.
This ruling, however, will undoubtedly lead to some unintended consequences when even the various progressive beliefs about gender collide. For example, there are progressives that believe each of the following mutually exclusive things about gender:
1) It is set at birth, is unchangeable, and is located in the brain. If the brain and the body don’t match, the body may be surgically or chemically altered to match the brain.
2) It is fluid and can change many times during a person’s lifetime.
3) Gender is only a concept that some believe in; it does not actually exist.
There are, it seems, many progressives who may recognize that those and other theories about gender are mutually exclusive but they don’t worry about the fact that all three can’t possibly be true because “each person’s reality is his or her reality; they get to define what they believe, we don’t.” The problem with believing three mutually exclusive things will surface when the lawsuits start. Because remembering the separate realities of seven billion people on earth is untenable–at some point someone will get mixed up and offend someone with an incorrect pronoun. And since there are people in every group who are just plain greedy for money, the race will be on to prove “malice” and to sue.
I have seen some Christians, some of them progressives, who don’t think this is a big deal at all. “Just call the person what they want–you know Genesis 1:27 is true but you don’t need to shove it down anyone’s throat.” So this does what? Reduces our faith to such a private dimension that we are not even allowed to attest publicly that we believe God’s Word is true? Doesn’t that sort of put our faith on the level of a mental illness–a belief we might have that is not rooted in reality and had better be kept inside our own mind?
Interestingly, seven billion people on this planet are all being given the power to express their own reality about gender *unless they are in agreement with Genesis 1:27 and gender being binary, established at conception and always aligned with the body (except for intersex births, which are rare genetic mutations, not a legitimate third gender).
It is symptomatic of a world that has given up the concept of God that we have all become, in effect, our own god. At least in the area of gender. Anyone asserting that they have a right to pronounce themselves rich or royalty or a great athlete or a brilliant mathematician would be told that they are delusional. Those things are regarded as objectively determined, by amount of money possessed, birth into a royal family, athletic skill and training, or inherent mathematical gifting and study. But on the topic of gender, we can be our own god and remake our own universe in our own image. At least until we interact with other people with their own personal realities on gender. With them, we can force them to speak our language when they are around us or we can sue them for vast amounts of money.
The most astounding thing about all of the above paragraph is that this entire transition is happening without the backing of one shred of scientific evidence. These realities are all internal in the mind. I call the non-binary gender theories as delusional as the theory that I am the Queen of England and should live in Buckingham Palace. But, in fact, I can’t prove nor disprove these theories since they are all constructed by individuals to explain the realities they believe they encounter. I can’t prove nor disprove them, nor can they.
So, for those whose reality is defined by standing on the Word of God, by believing in a good Creator who made us all for His own good pleasure (and ours), where do we go from here?
In the intertestamental period, when believers in Yahweh were still ardent practitioners of the Jewish law, including the dietary laws, the Greek rulers offered Maccabee believers in Yahweh a deal. “Just eat a bit of pork and we will let you practice your faith in peace.” The Maccabees instead chose to die a martyr’s death.
In the early days of the church, the Roman rulers offered Christians a deal. “Just offer a pinch of incense to the emperor to signify that he is a god and we will let you practice your faith in peace.” The early Christians instead chose to die a martyr’s death.
So far, the deal in New York City is *only that a Christian will not be able to both believe in binary genders (an essential foundation of his or her faith) and own a company or a rental home without eventually running afoul of the law, but that is just an opening salvo. What will we do as 21st century Christians when told “Just speak the pronoun, even if you don’t really mean it, and we will let you practice your faith in peace”???