Something special is took place on Wall Street this morning, says National Association of Christian Financial Consultants (NACFC) leader and co-founder Mark Minnella.
At 9:30 a.m. each morning in New York City, the sound of a ringing bell signals the start of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
“But something is very different today,” says Minnella, also the author of “The Wall Street Awakening.” “This time, Arthur Ally, president and founder of the Timothy Plan family of mutual funds had the honor of ringing in the new session. So, what’s the big deal? After all, every business morning of the week some executive of a recent IPO, representative of a prominent investment firm or founder of an investment product is given the honor to ring that bell. But this time it is different.
“It’s more than the signal to start trading,” Minnella states, “It is an acknowledgment by Wall Street that Christian investors have awakened to the truth that their investment dollars, like every other aspect of life, can be aligned with their faith. They no longer are limited to investment companies that produce or provide anti-biblical products or promote services that use, abuse and cause people to stumble in their walk with God—or toward Him.”
Ally rang the opening bell today to celebrate Timothy Plan’s 25 years as a biblically responsible investing pioneer, as well as the introduction earlier this year of its two Exchange-Traded Fund.
“By the ringing of this bell today, we know that Wall Street is aware that Christians have a choice, actually, many investment choices,” says Minnella, who co-founded NACFC with Ally. “Could it be a wake-up call to all Christians, informing them that they can invest for their financial life goals without compromising God’s eternal tenant of love for all people?”
For many Christians, Minnella says today’s bell could also signal a good time to start investing with biblical integrity. One way to do this is to visit the home page of the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants, a nonprofit organization, and run investments through the free biblically responsible screening tool powered by the No. 1 Christian investment screening company, eVALUEator Services.
The free tool enables investors to find out with just a few clicks if companies are supporting facets of society that are unbiblical. Christian investors can use this biblically based dynamic and moral investment screening tool to uncover immoral corporate activity. Users can simply type in any fund name, stock name or ticker symbol and click the search button. A percentage of violation is shown as part of the free service, as well as the option to view a more extensive report through a subscription.
The mission of the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants is to teach, train and encourage financial professionals to learn, share and instruct biblical stewardship to individuals and families believing that “it profits a man nothing to gain the whole world and lose his soul” (Matthew 16:26). Members will glorify God by impacting their world for Jesus Christ through teaching and practicing biblical stewardship.
For more information on NACFC, visit nacfc.org.