This guy IS NOT a part of any clergy by trade - he is a Harvard Business School professor. The individual with whom Christensen had the conversation echoes the sentiment expressed in the following quote:
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Our former greatness is inextricably rooted in and interwoven with what was once our goodness. America, on the whole, has rejected the Source of that goodness. Her leadership, in concert with many others, is trying to make the case for increased greatness without both the Source and personal possession of that same goodness. Failure abounds and our greatness suffers.
"Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without religion."
― Alexis de Tocqueville
Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."
Revelation 3:1 "¶ And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
Renew and strengthen the goodness that remains, America lest we be overtaken in our blindness.