Biblical Foundation


(1) We believe the BIBLE is true.
  As Christians, we have a firm belief in the inerrancy of the Word of God.  2Timothy 3:16-17: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, (literally God-breathed) and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”


(2) God is Holy and calls His people to be holy. 1 Peter 2: 9, 11, 12 – “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…I urge you …to abstain from fleshly lusts…keep your behavior excellent.” Ephesians 4:24 – “…put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  The point is, we don’t assess, judge, and weigh things as the world does. We don’t think and act as the world does.


(3) God owns it all.  We believe we are to be good stewards of all that our creator has endowed us with, including our investments.   Psalms 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, and all who live in it.”  1 Corinthians 4:2 – “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”


(4) We can honor and acknowledge God with our investment choices. Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him…” The Hebrew word “acknowledge” (yada) means to know God intimately. This is not mere intellectual knowledge. Rather it is a profoundly deep understanding of God that results in loving, trusting, obeying and submitting to Him. Consequently, this verse is telling us that in every aspect of our life and being, we are to know intimately and to love and obey God. It is no mistake then that three short verses later (in Proverbs 3:9) the writer exhorts the reader to “Honor the Lord from your wealth.” One means by which we acknowledge, serve and honor our Lord is through the wealth and earthly goods He has placed in our trust.  It is our belief, we are exhorted to support God-honoring work and avoid profiting from investments that are at odds with our Lord's efforts to save and sanctify His people. Accordingly, we would be less than the good steward that He has called us to be if we did not seek to adjust our portfolios for these factors. Simply put, a "what would Jesus do" approach to portfolio management is what we seek for our clients.



DISCLOSURE:
Some, not all, text taken from a transcript of a conference call made on June 15th, 2009 for the Kingdom Advisors Biblically Responsible Affinity Group:  "A Scriptural Basis for Biblically Responsible Investing”, led by Nancy Currid, Director of Research, The Biblically Responsible Investing Institute (BRII).  For the full transcript email cindy@stewardshipassetmanagement.com


Make an Impact


BRI and Evangelism

When we commit to investing according to God’s principles we have a whole new forum/platform for evangelism. Because BRI is so different than the ways of the world, people will ask us why we invest this way. (It will provide us with opportunities “to give an account for the hope that is in [us].” -- 1 Peter 3:15, “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.”) BRI also provides a springboard for speaking to clients about moral and spiritual issues. Likewise, if Christians work and pray together, BRI may, by God’s grace, be a means of influencing corporate behavior and society at large for good.


LOVE is an action word
Love for Christ and our fellow man should be the motivation for ALL we do! Jesus elevates Love above all other Virtues.  Mark 12:29-31:  Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God in one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
 

We are to have a special love for our fellow brothers & sisters in Christ; in fact, Jesus said that IF we love one another, the world will notice. John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”. Our Love for one another validates the love of Christ (and the Gospel!) to a world that is watching how we live. Our love for Jesus and for each other, ought to so motivate non-believers that it would provoke them to jealousy of our walk with Christ and make them WANT to become part of the family of God!


In addition, as Believers, we should have love for those who don't yet know the Lord. There is a lost, dying and hurting world that desperately needs to know Jesus Christ, the love that Christ has for them, the love that constrained Jesus to go to the cross for them (as well as us!). We need to have this love even for those whose lifestyles we disagree with those whose lives are entrapped by sin and addictions. We need to show them the love of God; the same love that He showed us! As St. Augustine wrote, "hate the sin, but love the sinner". We can stand for Truth but do it in a loving way. Colossians 4:6 "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt..." We are to stand for holiness and against evil while exemplifying the grace of God and the love of Christ!


We desire to be "Biblically Responsible". This means creating a balance between Truth and Grace, Holiness and Love. Our words and actions match our hearts. To make an IMPACT, we must do all things with excellence and integrity, but above all, with LOVE. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.


Kingdom Giving


“The world is not impressed when Christians get rich and say thanks to God.  They are impressed when God is so satisfying that we give our riches away for Christ’s sake and call it gain.”
– John Piper



One of our deepest motives for pursuing excellence in our portfolios is to create wealth for the Kingdom.  By doing this, we see money used as a tool in the spreading of the gospel and helping the widows, orphans and the poor.


Once you realize that genuine giving honors and pleases God, you can see money in its proper perspective.  


Remember the two rich men in Luke 18 and 19? The rich ruler in Luke 18:18-23 was looking for another commandment that he could keep to fulfill an obligation to God. When Jesus told him to sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor, Jesus’ request was not primarily about giving, but about whom or what this man served and loved. So, when Jesus asked him to choose between God and his money, he chose what he truly loved and lived for – his money. The price was too high and he went away very sad.


In contrast to the rich ruler, we find Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. Here is another rich man, but when he meets Jesus, there is no contest this time between God and money.  Zacchaeus chooses God! He honors Jesus (God) before all by voluntarily giving half his wealth to the poor and making four-fold restitution to those he had cheated! Jesus gets excited about Zacchaeus’ response because it clearly demonstrated a changed life in submission to God. Zacchaeus honored God in his giving and in the amount he gave.


In the last example, there was no legalistic approach to an amount that had to be given.  It was a voluntary act of worship…and it pleased and honored God.


2 Corinthians 9:7 “God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.”
Matthew 6:21 – “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Proverbs 4:23 - from the heart flow the issues or springs of life (i.e., our thoughts and actions