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Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) is a style of investing that allows investors to choose companies whose values are aligned with their beliefs. If you want to support companies that fight against abortion, gambling, and alcohol, BRI may be an excellent choice. The most important reason to choose biblically responsible investing is to allow you to glorify God throughout the investment process. Everything we do should glorify God.
We strive to make good, daily choices to honor and glorify God, and investing should be no different. As you take ownership of a company, you should be proud of the company’s values and strides toward a better world. We are all stewards of God’s creation and made in His image and likeness. Creating positive pressure on unaligned companies allows you to feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself and the change you wish to see in the world. (Genesis 1:26-28).
When we invest in a biblically responsible manner, we are choosing to glorify God and be a part of the positive change we wish to see in the world. With biblically responsible investing, investing becomes much more than making a profit because it allows you, as the investor, to start a transformational change in the world that aligns with your beliefs.
We use a tool that analyzes eight important broad screens on 63 different parameters. The tool scans for activities of concern and builds an extensive catalog corporate violations of these Biblical principles. Based on your values and religious beliefs, we can create a portfolio that aligns with your values.
Seeks to protect all unborn babies by filtering out companies involved in the abortion industry, including fetal tissue research, as well as the manufacturing and distribution of abortifacients.
Seeks to preserve innocence by filtering out companies engaged in anti-family entertainment, which includes; violence, language, sex, and drugs through advertisements, media, games, stores, establishments, publications, and the Internet.
Seeks to safeguard individuals from sexual exploitation by filtering out companies engaged in promoting adult themes through advertisements, media, games, stores, establishments, publications, and the Internet.
Seeks to honor, dignify, and respect the biblical guidelines for sexuality by filtering out companies actively profiting from and normalizing the vulnerabilities of sexual addiction, sexual impurity, or attempting to redefine God’s Word.
Seeks to support disadvantaged groups worldwide by filtering out companies involved in human oppression, human trafficking, slave labor, terrorism, and Christian persecution.
Seeks to lower the number of alcohol abusers by filtering out companies that enable these abuses, including brewers, distillers, micro-brewers, and winemakers.
Seeks to better public health by filtering out companies that manufacture tobacco or recreational marijuana, including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco, as well as distributors.
Seeks to find good stewards by filtering out companies involved in gambling-related activities, including equipment manufacturers, casinos, riverboats, cruise lines, racetracks, and gambling software.
In today's changing world and values, investing is about more than financial returns. In this video produced by Eventide Funds, one of our Values-Based Investing partners, Eventide Chief Investment Officer Finny Kuruvilla, MD PhD, uses Proverbs to explain the Bible's stance on ill-gotten gains.
We are, thirdly, to gain all we can without hurting our neighbour. But this we may not, cannot do, if we love our neighbor, as ourselves. We cannot, if we love everyone as ourselves, hurt anyone in his substance… Hereby all pawn-broking is excluded… we are not allowed to “do evil that good may come… “ Neither may we gain by hurting our neighbor and his body. Therefore, we may not sell anything which tends to impair health. Such is, eminently, all that liquid fire, commonly called drams or spirituous liquor’s… And what is the sellers’ gain? Is it not the blood of these men?… A curse is in the midst of them: The curse of God, cleaves to the stones, the timber, the furniture of them. The curse of God is in their gardens, their walks, their grooves; a fire that burns to the northern most Hell! Blood, blood is there: The foundation, the floor, the walls, the roof are stained with blood!
This is a dear-bought gain. And so is whatever is procured by hurting our neighbour in his soul; by ministering, suppose, either directly, or indirectly, to his under chastity, or intemperance, which, certainly none can do, who has any fear of God, or any real desire of pleasing Him. It nearly concerns all those to consider this, who have anything to do with taverns, victualling-houses, opera-houses, play-houses, or any other places of public, fashionable diversion. If these profit, the souls of men, you are clear; your employment is good, and you’re gain innocent; but if they are sinful in themselves, or natural inlets, to sin of various kinds, then, it is to be feared, you have a sad account to make. O, beware, lest God say in that day, “These had perished in their iniquity, but their blood do I require at the hands!”