People have an appreciation for moral excellence, as long as it is removed a safe distance from them. The Jews honored the prophets from a distance. This world honors Christ, from a distance.
Peter wanted to be with Jesus, until he got too close. Then Peter cried, “Please leave.”
– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition