What We Are For
With the help of faith friends from our gathering of Faith Driven Investors, we’ve begun drafting a set of Unifying Principles. Our hope is that we can begin to come together under these thoughts and ideas to work toward a more full vision of what it means to let our faith drive our investments.
If you have thoughts, questions, concerns, things you’d change or add, please let us know! We’re relying on you, our community, to make this resource the best it can be.
Christ followers have become known for what we are against—no alcohol, tobacco, adult entertainment, gambling, etc. While acknowledging the good negative screen funds that exist, we desire for our movement to be more known for what we are FOR in how we place our investment capital—things like human flourishing, job creation, redemptive businesses that restore the world to God’s original design in the garden, etc.
The focus is less on which negative investments to avoid and more on where resources can be positively stewarded to do the most good. Of course, this is not a movement that is about delineating what Christ followers should or should not invest in. Some investments may be clear to avoid (those that produce and distribute pornography as a material part of their business model might be an example), and others may be less clear (those that make some food products that our doctors would tell us to avoid).
Regardless, we look to what Jesus said about His disciples—that they would be known by their love. Jesus didn’t send His disciples into the world to be known by the things they avoided. Yes, some things are worth staying away from, but that is not the focus of this movement. Instead, we search for the places and investments that we can lean toward.
Jesus sent believers out to live and love intentionally. Financial resources act as vehicles for this type of lifestyle. Instead of being known by what we don’t do, our investments focus on the mission given by God for humans to do good, serve others, and love well. While God has given many "Thou shall not" commands, this movement focuses on what God says "Thou shall do" to make God's name known and to reveal His glory.
When we are engaged in a problem, we are committed to understanding the ins and outs of the community affected and always strive to come up with a solution that serves everyone involved. Instead of avoiding the problems and sins that plague this world—real as they are—the Faith-Driven Investor movement hopes to take an active and engaged role with what God has put in front of us.
Using Scripture as Our Guide
Ephesians 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.
Matthew 22:37-39 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is t he first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.
Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.