For the truly converted, there comes to the surface at Christmas one of the strangest happenings among mankind. It's not something everyone senses - but the Godly see it and are amazed. People love God when he's left undefined and vague - far enough out of the way so as not to be a threat - like the baby Jesus in the manger.
The masses have a love/hate relationship with the meaning of Christmas. People all over the world sing, "Silent night, holy night - all is calm, all is bright - round yon virgin, mother and child..." Wait a minute! Virgins don't conceive and give birth. What's going on here?
That kind of deep working through the logic would bring God too close to home. There would be life-altering implications. That's what I mean when I say people resist God close up - living, sovereign, reigning, defined, and challenging the morality of their cultural tastes.
So here we are. What we see in all of this is perhaps not a bold denial as a selective tip-toeing around the revelation of Christmas. True, baby Jesus get a sentimental hug by many. People like some of the things He said. And they like some of the things he did. But they have a very hard time embracing the heart of who Jesus is and the heart of what He said.