Presumably, the title of the book referred to Christians no longer living in exile as punishment for departing God's ways. Christ said, "My Kingdom is not of this world". For me, His Kingdom is not about living richly or living violently or having an empire. Yet, the nation with highest proportion of Bible believing Christians is the only superpower and has the only empire. The USA is the most devout and religious nation on earth. Therefore, Christians certainly need saving, from what I see. But their exile is most comfortable and pleasant - with the highest standard of living in the world!
Billy Graham and the Vietnam War
Only the sex industry is shunned!
For years, I have been horrified by Christians shunning the sex industry but rarely the arms industry and armed forces at times when we have been doing the invasion, bombing and occupation of 23 nations since 1945, according to two sources I have quoted in the attached file, 'Scotland's Independence push' (see this blog).
My fresh interpretation of Christ's first temptation
Pilgrims or claimants?
Humanity lives poorly and extends its life span on the planet, as the native Americans, Maoris and Aborigines did. Or, as we are doing, we live richly and have a correspondingly shorter time span. Our sojourn should be as pilgrims not as righteous claimants of all that we can lay our hands on as quickly possible and as much as possible, in the name of economic growth or, economic prosperity. This is my very alternative and eccentric interpretation of the first temptation!
The Christian West; not the Muslim Arabs
Give up your coat and get a sword, all you true believers!
'Machine Gun Preacher'
The book and film, 'Machine Gun Preacher' is an oxymoron. Yet, all too true of the last 1700 years of Christian practice and behaviour in too gladly following the Lord's irony in 'commanding' to 'swap your coat for a gun.'