So often in coversations regarding the future 1000 reign of Jesus Chirst on the earth - the Kingdom that was promised - Amillennialists (those who say there is no 1000 year reign) accuse those who believe in a literal kingdom as being carnal or earthly in our expectations. They claim that the kingdom of God is within the believer now and that it is a purely spiritual thing. To expect that Christ will actually rule physical beings, a physical earth, as the promised Son of David, in a tangible, concrete way is somehow too materialistic. Alva McClain shares a humorous, but quite pointed story in regards to this charge:
During a church banquet a group of preachers were discussing the nature of the kingdom of God. One expressed his adherence to the premillenial view of a literal kingdom... To this a rather belligerent 200 pound preacher snorted, "Ridiculous! Such an idea is nothing but materialism." When asked to state his own view, he replied, "The kingdom is a spiritual matter. The kingdom of God has already been established, and is within you. Don't you gentlmen know that the Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost?" And the speaker reached hungrily across the table and speared another enormous piece of fried chicken!... At the risk of being thought tiresome, let me recite the obvious conclusion: If the Kingdom of God can exist now now on earth in a 200 hundred pound preacher full of fried chickien, without any reprehensible materialistic connotations, perhaps it could also exist in the same way among men on earth who will at times be eating and drinking under more perfect conditions in a future millennial kingdom."
~Alva McClain, The Greatness of the Kingdom