A Christian should avoid investing in any business or enterprise that makes its profits based on people doing what they should not do…(Mutual funds) distribute their investors’ money in a wide range of companies, some of which will be doing things with the money a Christian would not condone. Can we in good conscience invest money when even a small portion of it is going to underwrite the abortion business or support the tobacco and alcohol industries? To the Christian there are more basic questions than whether or not an investment makes a profit.
(from Money, Possessions and Eternity)
Author, Eternal Perspective Ministries
God is the owner of all that we have. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” We are to faithfully manage the resources God entrusts to us, and that means managing everything according to the financial principles found in the Word of God. The Lord would never have us invest His money in assets that He would consider evil or harmful to people.
Crown Financial Ministries
Christians are called to be in the world but not of the world. Working that out on a day-to-day basis, however, can be challenging in the area of our investments. Fortunately, research services into the activities of public companies that are of concern to Christians, such as those offered by The Biblically Responsible Investing Institute (BRII), are helping many Christian investors make investment decisions that better reflect their deep, biblically-based convictions. This is often referred to as a Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) approach, which is a distinctly Christian form of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). BRI is uniquely significant in its ability to help Christian investors effectively implement an investment philosophy consistent with biblical wisdom and principles. I am truly hopeful that the Biblically Responsible Investing philosophy will expand greatly in its use by servants of Christ. As more and more Christians adopt a BRI approach, our ability to uphold biblical values in the marketplace will not only increase but we will also improve our personal stewardship over the assets which our Lord has entrusted to us.
Co-founder and CEO, Kingdom Advisors
We need to be careful about what our investment dollars are supporting. Some companies that typically offer strong profits prey on the weaknesses of others-gambling enterprises are a good example. Christians need to think twice about investing in any company that would be deemed socially unethical. My advice is to stay away from any company that makes money from activities that are morally reprehensible.