Should Christians invest in stocks?
What Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 can be applied to the stock market. There Paul said, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Certainly, investing in the stock market falls under “or whatever you do.” If you can do it to the glory of God, then do it.
The Bible doesn't specifically state that we should invest, but also does not forbid it. Investing is mentioned in Proverbs 31:16 and used in Jesus's parables (ex. Parable of the Ten Minas found in Luke 19:11-27), implying that it is expected and normal.
First, we should seek to invest in companies that are aligned with our values (Biblically Responsible Investing). Biblically Responsible Investing is the practice of avoiding investing in companies whose primary purpose is to promote or profit from activities which are explicitly sinful. We also call those 'sin stocks.
Yes, nonprofits can have investment accounts, also known as brokerage accounts. In fact, as a part of good financial stewardship, you likely should have one.
You're Not Financially Ready to Invest.
If you have debt, especially credit card debt, or really any other personal debt that has a higher interest rate. You should not invest, because you will get a better return by merely paying debt down due to the amount of interest that you're paying.
Jesus talks about investment in his parables. The first thing Jesus says about investing is something which He doesn't explicitly say, but implies: that is, that investment is permitted, and even good. This is implied by the fact that Jesus tells parables in which the investor is 'the good guy'.
Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
God finds value when we invest in a way that maximizes our capacity to bless God and others. In fact, in the latter part of Matthew 25, God makes it clear that when we use our resources to feed others, clothe others, and bless them with hospitality, we also bless Him.
Philippians 4:19: And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Proverbs 10:22: The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. 2 Corinthians 9:8: And God will generously provide all you need.
While God does not expect us to live on nothing, he does require us to maximise our resources for the building of God's kingdom. Those fortunate enough to be born into affluence have a responsibility to use their wealth to provide for those who don't have enough.
Is stock glorified gambling?
Key Takeaways. Investing is not the same as gambling because investing increases the overall wealth of an economy, while gambling merely takes money from a loser and gives it to a winner.
Trading is a business, and like any other business it has risks. Trading, even when done in ignorance (which is the way that over 90% of traders approach it) is still not sin. Trading is wrong only when the person doing it is behaving foolishly instead of wisely.
Whether the goal is to save for future capital improvements, a scholarship fund, a mission program, or simply for a rainy day, investing in the markets may help your congregation achieve those goals. Investing your congregation's savings can be an even bigger responsibility than investing your own money.
Super-rich are in 'wealth preservation' mode
More than two-thirds of investors surveyed said preserving their capital was a top priority right now. Rampant inflation and rising interest rates have made stocks less attractive. Meanwhile, cash and cash equivalents can generate better-than-anticipated returns.
Investing in the stock market can help you build wealth over time and even take advantage of some short-term opportunities. But there's also the risk of losing money, especially in the short term, and taxes can get tricky.
There's no universal answer as to whether someone should invest entirely in stocks. Bonds can help take the anxiety out of wild price swings. However, a 100% stock portfolio can be a fit for younger investors far from retirement.
If a company is doing good things to help out others in the world, it is no sin to invest in that company that they might continue to do good, and even do more good because of your investment in them.
Verse Summary: What Ecclesiastes 11:2 Has to Say About Money
“Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” In other words: Avoid risk, avoid disaster, by diversifying your income!
Matthew 18:27, 30, 32, 34 - Forgive because your debts have been forgiven. Luke 7:42-43 - He who is forgiven much (debt) loves much; he who is forgiven little (debt) loves little. Romans 4:4 - Wages, like a debt owed, must be paid. Colossians 2:14 Jesus canceled the record of debt we owed by nailing it to the cross.
PROVERBS 10:14, 12:11, 13:11, 14:23. Biblical Wealth rarely just falls into one's lap. God's blessing of wealth is usually obtained by great wisdom and responsibility and through discipline, hard work, saving, investing, and seeking God's will.
What to invest spiritually?
Learn to invest your time in the study of the Word, prayer, soul-wining and other spiritual activities like attending church services and other scheduled meetings regularly. Spend quality time in fellowship with the Holy Spirit every day.
Jesus told his followers to give to everyone who asks (Luke 6:30), to give to those who can't repay (Luke 14:13 – 14) and to freely give what we have freely received (Matthew 10:8). Paul established the principle that what we reap is a reflection of what we sow (2 Corinthians 9:6).
The Bible talks about debt a lot, and—spoiler alert—none of it is good. While Scripture certainly doesn't teach that going into debt is a sin, it's clear about one thing: Borrowing money is a bad idea. Always.
Now, to be sure, God wants you to be financially free, because that allows you to be more generous and to serve Him more fully. Sadly, folks often say they'd love to give more to God's kingdom, but they just can't afford to.
The Bible on Debt
Scripture does not say that debt is a sin, but it strongly discourages it. Remember, God loves us and has given us these principles for our benefit. Read the first portion of Romans 13:8 from several different translations: “Owe no man anything” (KJV). “Let no debt remain outstanding” (NIV).