The Question Few Want to Answer
This week at my church, we were asked, “Do you hate evil?” For many people, they never answer this question. It is uncomfortable! In a world where evil is ignored, denied, and even tolerated,many sit on the sidelines and do nothing to combat evil. So I ask you: “Do you hate evil?” In Matthew 24:12 (New Century Version), it says, “There will be more and more evil in the world, so most people will stop showing their love for each other.” What does God want us to do with evil?
Here are four responses:
1) Don’t deny evil exists, but face it!
“and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11 American Standard Version)
2) Don’t accept evil, hate it!
“People who love the Lord hate evil.” (Psalm 97:10 New Century Version)
3) Don’t fear evil, resist it!
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” (Psalm 23:4 New International Version)
4.) Don’t return evil, overcome it!
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 New International Version)
Are You Supporting Evil?
Edmund Burke, Irish statesman said it best, “”All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I talk a lot about faith-based investing in an effort to expose the evil that many publicly traded companies are promoting. Many Christ-followers buy products, buy stocks, and say nothing about participating in that which God clearly opposes. Here are a few examples:
LifePoint Hospital (symbol LPNT): Perform surgical abortions. Top mutual fund companies owning Lifepoint: Blackrock, T Rowe Price, Fidelity, and Vanguard
Pfizer (symbol PFE): Abortion manufacturer: Pfizer manufactures Prostin E2, a dinoprostone (prostaglandin) vaginal suppository and Hemabate, a carboprost (oxytocic) administered by intramuscular injection. Both are used for the termination of pregnancy. Top fund owners include Vanguard, Fidelity, and Franklin
Take Two Interactive Software (symbol TTWO): Produce sexually explicit video games. Take-Two Interactive Software’s Rockstar Games makes the video game, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” which received the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s rating of Adult Only (18+) for blood and gore, intense violence, nudity, strong language, strong sexual content, and use of drugs. This stock is owned by several fund companies including Oppenheimer, Legg Mason, and Vanguard.
Playboy Enterprises (symbol PLA): Pornography distribution. Playboy is a leading producer of adult videos, TV programming, and sexually explicit materials. Playboy is owned by numerous fund companies including Blackrock, Fidelity, Wells Fargo, and ING.
General Electric (Symbol GE): active promoter of the homosexual lifestyle. According to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), NBC’s 2007-2008 TV season featured network characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Bravo, part of GE’s NBC Universal, operates OutzoneTV, a broadband online gay/lesbian site. Content includes video, news, fashion, blogs, photos, community and chat. GE is owned by several leading fund families including American Funds, Vanguard, Dodge & Cox, and Fidelity.
Time Warner (Symbol TWX): Time Warner Cable offers homosexual programming on its LOGO and here!tv in the New York City (Manhatten) market. Time Warner boasts over 40 regular homosexual characters depicted on 21 scripted shows on cable channels including HBO, Showtime and FX. Time Warner is owned by many top fund companies including American Funds, Dodge & Cox, and Vanguard
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
GlaxoSmithKlein (symbol GSK): GSK believes that human embryonic stem cells (HESCs) have a promising place in medical research and drug discovery. GSK makes use of such cells in its own research and in collaboration with academic institutions or other external partners. GlaxoSmithKlein is owned by several fund companies including Allianz, Dodge & Cox, and Vanguard
Johnson & Johnson (Symbol JNJ): Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation is an investor in Novocell, Inc. “Novocell uses directed differentiation to engineer human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and generate therapeutic cell types. Novocell is a world leader and the first company to engineer hESCs into definitive endoderm, the gatekeeper cells that differentiate into the pancreas, liver and other cells, tissues and organs. JNJ is owned by several top fund companies including Vanguard, Fidelity, and American Funds
No Company is Perfect!
No company is free from sin as we all fall short of God’s glory. However, some companies are worse than others. Just like environmental ratings, there are moral ratings based on a company’s moral behaviors. If you need help finding faith-based options, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith-based investing or biblically responsible investing is about honoring God with our investments. Take part in a movement focused on exposing evil and find alternatives that are in line with your faith. With millions of Christians getting involved in the movement, we can finally have our say on Wall Street.