Capitalism and Christianity

Dr. Brett Andrews, the Vice President of Academic Program Development, gave the following speech in celebration of Christianity and capitalism at The Keating Center Dedication Chapel.

 

As I look around today, I see that a Former Oklahoma Governor, a former First Lady, a sitting congressman, a university President, major corporate entrepreneurs and CEO’s surround me. It takes a special man of incredible influence to gather together these types of individuals. In the short time I’ve been acquainted with the Governor, I’ve never met a more humble and kind man.

Students, we are gathered here today to honor our former Governor and his wife. A man whose service as Governor, his experiences within the insurance and banking industries, stand out as a voice—a clarion call, if you will, championing the ideas and ideals of capitalism and free market economics.

<img src="http://www.okwu.edu/keating-center/files/2013/03/Dr.-Brett-Andrews-Dean-of-the-Chesapeake-Energy-School-of-Business-300×199.jpg" alt="Dr. Brett Andrews, Dean of the Chesapeake Energy School of Business” width=”300″ height=”199″ class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-64″ />Let me turn back the clock a bit and tell you a little about capitalism.  In the 16th century when Europeans first began to explore the globe, they found that their capitalist society provided them a vast social and technological superiority over the nations they encountered:  the Mayan, the Aztec, and Inca nations; as well the fabled civilizations of the East:  China, India, and even the Middle East were weak by comparison with 16th century Europe. 

In more recent memory, capitalism has accounted for some of the greatest triumphs for freedom in history:

  • The liberation of 100 million people in Eastern Europe from Soviet-imposed communism in 1989
  • The defeat of Iraqi aggression in the Persian Gulf in 1991
  • The wholesale collapse of communism in the Soviet Union in December of 1991
  • And the mass movement toward capitalist policies in nations as different as Sweden, India, France, and even China.

Yet at a time when our nation should be celebrating victory, we stand at a precipice—whether we will embrace the time-tested ideas that have proven to work or choose an alternative. 

History tells us that governments are incapable of running an economy, or of picking winners and losers in cutting-edge industries and technologies.  Most importantly, governments are incapable of transforming the nature of human beings. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to change the sinfulness of man through the message of the Gospel.  As John Adams wrote in 1798, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

That’s why I believe that it is providential that the Keating Center designed to promote capitalism, free enterprise, and constitutional liberty, has been established at Oklahoma Wesleyan University—a university that stands unapologetically for the truth of Jesus Christ and the truth of scripture.

Governor and Mrs. Keating, on behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of Oklahoma Wesleyan University—thank you.

References:

Stark, R. (2005).  Victory of Reason.  Randon House Publishers:  NY

Nixon, R. (1994).  Beyond Peace.  Random House Publishers:  NY.

Daniel Keating is President of Summit Consolidated Group, a national brokerage and insurance company with offices in Oklahoma, Texas, Connecticut and Louisiana. Mr. Keating grew up in Tulsa graduating from Cascia Hall. He holds a B.S. degree from Tulsa University and a MBA from the University of Oklahoma. Following college, Keating joined the United States Marine Corps and completed Officer Candidate School. Daniel Keating served a thirteen-month tour with the Fifth Marine Regiment in Vietnam and later retired from the Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Daniel Keating is a past president of Valley National Bank in Tulsa where he presently serves on the Bank’s Board of Directors. In 2002, President Bush appointed Mr. Keating to the Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities. Daniel Keating has been a delegate to three Republican National Conventions. He was also appointed by Oklahoma’s Speaker of the House to the Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Advisory Committee and was later elected its chairman. Mr. Keating also serves as Chairman of the City of Tulsa’s Transportation Advisory Board, and is a member of Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation Board of Directors. In 2012 Governor Mary Fallin appointed Mr. Keating to the Tulsa Community College Board of Regents. He is also the President Pro Tempore’s appointee to the Professional Responsibility Commission. Daniel and his wife, Kathy have two sons, Matthew and Bryan.

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