I sometimes feel that having a healthy living faith in many Christian circles is like being one of the dolphins in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - trying to mobilise those who still have some humanity to the urgent need to respond to the impending destruction of their church and world - and, if there is no response, joining together to establish alternate realities where we can flourish properly...
Certainly there are plenty of Vogons about, who describe many reactionary Christians well, as they carry on their plans to bulldoze everything and everyone else, to build their fundamentalist motorway through the universe. After all, as the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy puts it:
Here is what to do if you want to get a lift from a Vogon: forget it. They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy. Not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders (no doubt especially if such family members are in any way queer, or queer affirming?)
The Vogons’ cry is of course ‘Resistance is Useless’ and it so often seems so many otherwise pleasant humans make so little effort to disagree. But dolphins will never concur, much though they may enjoy sharing the fish. For again, as the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy says:
The dolphin has developed a rather peculiar ability, which exploits the Plural nature of their galactic sector, not dissimilar to that evolved by the Babel fish, which is this: In the picosecond before the inevitable calamity, dolphins instantly wink into existence in all other possible probabilities in the Whole Sort of General Mish Mash.
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Jo Inkpin is an Anglican priest serving as Minister of Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney, a trans woman, theologian & justice activist. These are some of my reflections on life, spirit, and the search for peace, justice & sustainable creation.