The results of such fanciful hatred are often most disappointing, and of all humans the English are in this respect the most deplorable milksops. They are creatures of that miserable sort who loudly proclaim that torture is too good for their enemies and then give tea and cigarettes to the first wounded German pilot who turns up at the back door.
Do what you will, there is going to be some benevolence, as well as some malice, in your patient’s soul. The great thing is to direct the malice to his immediate neighbours whom he meets every day and to thrust his benevolence out to the remote circumference, to people he does not know.
C. S. Lewis, the Screwtape letters #6
In several pieces I’ve talked about defending both free speech in general and Meghan Murphy in particular. This is an important principle to remember and follow.
In doing so it’s also important, if one claims Christianity, to recall a 2nd principle. To love your neighbor as yourself.
This leads me to a basic question: How does one treat a person who is “Transgender” that you know, or that due to work you associate with?
The answer is very easy and thus very hard: The same you would treat any friend, acquaintance or co-worker with a mental illness, with love and respect on a personal level and professionally on a professional level.
Think of it this way. If you had a friend or co-worker who had MS, you wouldn’t constantly remind them they had MS in conservation or while dealing with them, or if you had a friend who was paranoid you would not constantly remind them or scold them over such paranoia, the same is true of Transgenderism.
At the same time you don’t have to compromise truth nor should you. For example if you have a person who is preparing to “transition” and folks are full of encouragement on the subject you have no business joining in. In fact it’s an act of Christian love to discourage self destructive behavior. Your options, depending on your relationship with the person is to avoid the subject unless asked directly or to approach the person privately to suggest that this is a bad idea. There is some risk involved in the latter course, particularly in a state like Massachusetts but it will fulfill the warning to the prophet Ezekiel concerning the watchman. This is where being openly Christian makes a big difference.
Once the person in question has the surgery the dynamic changes. Your best course is to move on from the subject. If a person makes a stupid mistake in their life the last thing they need is to be constantly reminded or berated for it and if the end result works out as bad as it might, said person will need someone honest that they can talk to who wasn’t sugar coating the side effects on this nonsense. That’s when such a person will need Christian love and understanding even more.
The primary duty of a Christian are to love God and Love your neighbor, that command doesn’t provide a list of exceptions if there is something about your neighbor that you don’t care for. To make those exceptions is a trap laid for us, it’s up to us as Christians to avoid it.