Biblical Stewardship Authority Says Tens of Thousands of Christians Are Choosing to Invest Billions of Dollars in Corporations That Don’t Conflict With Their 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.
In fact, says Celia, who leads Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM, www.financialissues.org), there should be an urgency for Christians to learn more about where their money is going, what it is funding and if their God-given resources are actually supporting causes that conflict with their beliefs.
Celia focuses on important economic trends and biblical investing during his daily, three-hour program, “Financial Issues” and 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 faithful investors like these 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 good stewards of 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.
Furthermore, Celia added, there is “no excuse” for Christians claiming they were unaware of what their investments were funding.
“Twenty years ago, yes, it was more difficult to research companies to find out where their loyalties were,” Celia said. “But today, multiple sources and tools are available so Christian investors know exactly what companies are up to and where they are spending and sending investors’ money. One is Financial Issues’ buy-and-sell list for our partners. We are constantly researching companies and informing Christians about those who do not tear down society.”
Celia also said the growth over the past 25 years in biblically responsible investing has been dramatic, but the progress in the past several 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.
“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.”
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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