Are you unwittingly invested in evil?

By: Chris Johnson

 I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.  So, I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 

Ecclesiastes 2:18-21

Last week, iconic brands Budweiser, Nike, and Kate Spade partnered with transgender social media personality Dylan Mulvaney to exhibit their companies’ “inclusiveness,” CMT featured “drag queens” from the TLC Network’s “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” as back up dancers for their awards show, and that’s just the latest in a long line of corporations courting the perversion community. Every June – the federally-recognized “Pride Month” – companies trot out rainbow spokespeople, themes, and commercials, and every June reveals a step up in the celebration of perversion. We’ll just have to wait and see what American companies come up with as they seek to outdo each other in showing support for the LGBT cause in a couple months.

The real trouble, though, as reported by Dana Kennedy at the New York Post is that “Executives at companies like Nike, Anheuser-Busch and Kate Spade…’ aren’t just virtue signaling.

“They’re handing out lucrative deals to what were once considered fringe celebrities because they have to — or risk failing an all-important social credit score that could make or break their businesses.

“At stake is their Corporate Equality Index — or CEI — score, which is overseen by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ political lobbying group in the world.”

Dana goes on to explain, “The CEI is a lesser-known part of the burgeoning ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) ‘ethical investing’ movement increasingly pushed by the country’s top three investment firms. ESG funds invest in companies that oppose fossil fuels, push for unionization, and stress racial and gender equity over merit in hiring and board selection.

“As a result, some American CEOs are more concerned about pleasing BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Bank — who are among the top shareholders of most American publicly-traded corporations (including Nike, Anheuser-Busch and Kate Spade) — than they are about irritating conservatives, numerous sources told The Post.”

These investment firms are entrusted by millions of investors and retirees around the nation, including conservatives, with their assets and retirement packages. It’s those investment dollars that are the sword hanging over the heads of American businesses – support this culture-eroding, anti-Biblical madness, or else.

Again turning to Dana’s article in the Post: “In 2018, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, who oversees assets worth $8.6 trillion and has been called the ‘face of ESG,’ wrote a now-infamous letter to CEOs titled ‘A Sense of Purpose’ that pushed a ‘new model of governance’ in line with ESG values.

‘Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose,’ Fink wrote. ‘To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.’

Fink also let it be known ‘that if a company doesn’t engage with the community and have a sense of purpose, it will ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders.’

To quote our passage from Ecclesiastes, “This also is vanity and a great evil.”

We shudder to think of the well-meaning Americans who oppose everything that Fink stands for – and yet fund it with every cent of their investments. That’s why we’re hosting an event on April 29 in Grand Rapids, MI featuring Christian Financial Advisor Brent Jackson.

Brent Jackson is able to offer Biblically-Responsible Investing strategies. This proactive selection process screens out investments in companies that participate in business activities that don’t align with Biblical moral teachings, making sure that your investments never cause a conflict of interest with your beliefs.

We hope you can join us for this enriching opportunity. Please note that state licensure is required in Brent’s capacity as a financial advisor, and he is licensed in the following states: CA, FL, IA, IL, IN, MI, NC, NJ, OH, SC, TX, VA.

Below are a few of the subjects Brent will be helping us with:

  1. Spiritual concepts in money management
  2. Lessons from the stewardship parables
  3. How to think about inheritance and estate planning
  4. Charitable strategies for Kingdom Building and tax reduction

Lunch break:  With specially prepared lunch, dessert and drink (complimentary)

Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time:  9 AM – 1 PM

Oakhill Presbyterian Church
1930 Leonard Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49505

As Christians, God calls us to be good stewards of what he has entrusted to us.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more on how we can apply Biblical concepts to this important aspect of life – our finances.

RSVP for this informative event HERE or by calling us at 231-924-4050.


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