Biblically Responsible Investing Honors God
National Host and Biblical Stewardship Authority Dan Celia: Thousands of Christians Investing Billions of Dollars
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—The foremost authority and the most trusted expert on biblically responsible investing, nationally syndicated host Dan Celia says he has seen a dramatic increase in 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 28 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 was recently a guest on “The 700 Club,” where he discussed Americans’ “fear of money”—how to worry less about money, or the lack thereof—and offered solutions on how to handle what God entrusts to us in faith, not fear. View the clip here.
“We have to impact companies on their bottom line,” Celia said on recent segment of “Financial Issues.” “But more importantly, it’s doesn’t matter what the world is doing—all of that is irrelevant. Can we, those of us who proclaim to be children of God, stop grieving His heart? We grieve His heart enough through our own sinful nature. Let’s not do it with the finances that He has blessed us with. I’m passionate about biblically responsible investing because I’m passionate about the murder of unborn babies. 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,” Celia continued. “I don’t pretend to know an enormous amount about the nature of God, but I do 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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