Biblical Stewardship Authority Says Tens of Thousands of Christians Are Investing Billions of Dollars in Corporations That Don’t Offend People of Faith
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—A foremost authority and trusted expert on biblically responsible investing, nationally syndicated host Dan Celia says he has seen a dramatic increase in the number of investors who want to honor God with the money He has entrusted to them.
Biblically responsible investing, or BRI, has grown exponentially, Celia says, as Christians become more aware of how their money is being used and want to ensure that their resources, which are God’s to begin with, aren’t invested in companies that ultimately displease God.
Celia, who leads Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM, www.financialissues.org) and focuses on important economic trends and biblical investing during his daily, three-hour program, “Financial Issues,” says a growing number of people want information to make sure their dollars are not invested in abortion, pornography, gambling and a host of other anti-biblical causes.
“Evangelical Christians make up a huge percentage of investors across America, and my goal for the past 30-plus years has been to educate this segment of investors to take a stand against company stocks where executives are allowing their personal ideology to get in the way of the responsible stewardship of stockholders’ money,” Celia said. “Many investors today, especially the faithful, want to stay away from companies who are supporting a disgusting and offensive agenda. If Christians come together to invest biblically, there’s no telling how the culture will be impacted.”
Celia said these faithful investors are already making a difference across America, evidenced by the fact that the Timothy Plan family of mutual funds has over $1 billion under management. Timothy Plan helps investors achieve their financial goals while investing in a morally responsible manner.
“As Christians, we must carefully and prayerfully consider how we are handling God’s money,” Celia said. “We must get it right in every possible way and, in particular, be biblically responsible in everything—especially our finances. It will take us being ‘sold out’ against the things that dishonor God, and that includes investment in companies that dishonor biblical principles.
“Think of what would happen if we all sold the mutual funds that are not biblically responsible and do not align with our biblical values,” Celia said. “There would be real change in corporate America regarding how companies spend and protect their stockholders’ money. This is exactly why we at Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries advocate biblically responsible investing, which takes a total commitment from the body of Christ.”
Celia added that over the years he has had the opportunity to speak to many Fortune 100 companies and has encouraged them to continue to do whatever they do best—make automobiles, construct bulldozers, flip hamburgers, sell clothes or explore for oil—rather than get caught up in an agenda that sways them from their mission.
“Whatever it might be, I tell them to just say no to the left and the right, who are encouraging them to support their agenda,” Celia said. “I encourage them just to be about the core business they have been charged with managing. Leave their ideologies to their personal finances and investments, and keep stockholder money out of it.”
Celia also said the growth over the past nearly three decades in biblically responsible investing has been dramatic, but the progress in the past three years has been tremendous, as more people are learning how to commit only to those companies that are not participating in activities that are offensive to God.
Read more about Celia, FISM and “Financial Issues” here. Visit the Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries web site at www.financialissues.org, its Facebook page, on YouTube at Financial Issues with Dan Celia or on Twitter @financialissues. Download the Financial Issues app here.
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