Investing can be more than just a return on your money. We also need to be aware of the impact our investments have in the lives of others. Investment Stewardship is being conscious of what we are participating in and supporting with our investment dollars so we can choose the investment products that don’t compromise our personal beliefs.
Biblical Responsible Investing (BRI) is the term used to describe the activities of Christian investors who purposely align their investment choices to support their Christian beliefs. They do this by either participating in investments that promote positive Biblical values or by avoiding those investments that participate in activities that they believe would be offensive to God. Such activities could include producing offensive materials, providing or promoting immoral activities, and encouraging others to participate in such activities.
Other terms that are now being used to describe the same investment philosophy are “Values Based Investing”, “Faith Based Investing”, and “Christian World View Investing”. All are labels used to describe investment choices based on a Christian’s desire to honor God with their investment choices. BRI is a personal decision, a conscious act to maintain continuity between what we believe and what we do with our investable money.
As a Christian, God calls us to awareness in all aspects of our lives including our investments and how they impact our lives and the lives of others. Our financial investments should support biblical values such as family, pro-life, social responsibility, and caring for the poor, while also ensuring that you are not investing in companies that are involved in practices such as abortion, pornography, human rights violations, gambling, and addictive products.