National Host and Biblical Stewardship Authority Says Thousands of Christians Are Investing Billions of Dollars in Companies That Don’t Displease the Lord
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—A foremost authority and trusted expert on biblically responsible investing, nationally syndicated host Dan Celia says he has seen a dramatic increase over the past several years in the growth of a niche market of investors who want to honor God with the money He has entrusted to them.
Especially now at the holidays, and as they plan their year-end giving, many Americans are considering how to make the best use of the resources God has blessed them with over the past year.
Celia, who leads Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM, www.financialissues.org) and focuses on important economic news 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 demoralizing causes.
“Many investors today, especially the faithful, want to stay away from companies who are supporting a disgusting and offensive agenda,” Celia said. “Evangelical Christians make up a huge percentage of average investors across America, and my goal for the past 30 years has been to educate this segment of investors to take a stand against company stocks where executives who are allowing their personal ideology to get in the way of the responsible stewardship of stockholders’ money.”
Celia added that Christian investors must impact companies on their bottom line and stop grieving God’s heart with their investments—with the finances God has blessed them with.
“I’m passionate about biblically responsible investing because I’m passionate about the murder of unborn babies,” Celia said. “I’m passionate about the eroding moral fiber of families because of pornography and gambling. Those two things alone destroy families. I’m not a theologian, but I know this—when we put our money toward things that tear down society, that grieves God’s heart. All Christians should be passionate about these things as well, to the extent they will be committed to honoring Him with their finances and by pleasing God with the money He has provided us. Since we have been faithful with a little, why wouldn’t He bless us with even more? It says this in the Bible—and I believe it.”
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.
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.
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