Monday, October 27, 2008

christian investing during a financial meltdown

God is best known for eternal fire insurance, a market segment He dominates. Few people understand that God also offers a full range of financial advice and services with over 700 Bible verses referring to money or money management.

God has certain advantages which make His investment management preferred. Although unregulated and not subject to any minimum capital requirements, the Lord has more than adequate reserves. After all, He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), all the earth and everything in it belongs to Him (Psalms 24:1;50:12). He spoke creation into existence (Genesis 1).

Unlike other investment or insurance companies, the ability of the Lord to fulfill His promises is never subject to systematic risk.

Today I’ll note just two of His less known, and certainly less utilized SIV’s. (No, a SIV is not a Structured Investment Vehicle, but a Scriptural Investment Verse.) These allow investors to leverage their initial financial investments with God to obtain even larger returns. From His prospectus:

Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
~ Proverbs 3:9-10 (ESV)

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will repay him for his deed.
~ Proverbs 19:17 (ESV)

You may be wondering if these investments are so good, why don’t more people use them? The Lord faces a lot of competition in markets other than eternal fire insurance. With fire insurance He is the only reliable provider, and couples the insurance with long-term retirement benefits.

I guess people don’t trust God too much unless there are no alternatives.

Be blessed.
RB

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