'God is on a mission to get the hell out of earth. Ironically, this phrase can be applies to both of the stories, but within each story it means something dramatically different. Because of this dissimilarity, this phrase can be a helpful way for us to compare the two stories. In the first story, the problematic one, this phrase means that God is on a mission to abandon the earth, to 'get the Hell out of Dodge,' and take a bunch of us with him. In this construal, Jesus and his followers are on a mission to escape the world, to make a break for our heavenly home and leave this mess behind.
'Unfortunately, Christianity has at times - especially in recent times - framed things this way and, in doing so, horribly distorted the gospel story.
'But this phrase can also be taken a second way. In the second story, the biblical one, it means that God cares deeply for his world, that the Creator loves his creation, that our heavenly Father has dramatic compassion for the humanity he has brought up from the dust. In his second story, it means that God is grieved by the sin, death, and power of hell that afflicts his world, and is sacrificially involved in the removal of all that destroys and alienates his world from himself.
'As we have seen, this is the movement of the gospel story. God's agenda is to get the hell out of earth.'
-Joshua Butler, The Skeletons in God's Closet, Chapter 1.