LaunchInspire officially launched as an SMA firm Read more
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Double ItDouble AUM to >50M Read more
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RecognitionFA Mag #3 Fastest growing RIA in client assets (<$200 million AUM) Read more
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Village TransformationInspire adopts village in Guatemala for transformation Read more
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B.R.I. BookRobert’s Biblically Responsible Investing book launch Read more
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How Inspire Began
By Robert Netzly
I Had It All
I had it all: a healthy salary with healthy bonuses; job security in the “private client” division of one of the largest and most prestigious banks in the nation; a fancy office in a community dripping with wealth (with a view of the Pacific Ocean out the second floor window); an easy commute down beautiful Highway 1 on the coast of California…life was good.
And then I stumbled upon the concept of biblically responsible investing (BRI), and it ruined my life for the better.
I wasn’t looking for information on biblically responsible investing, just searching for a Bible study to teach at my church on the subject of finances. But there I was, sitting at my desk, reading an article that Google decided to put on my screen about paying attention to not just the financial aspect of an investment portfolio, but the moral aspect of an investment portfolio – with biblical morals as the compass.
I had heard of socially responsible investing (SRI), which I associated with a rather narrow view of issues managed from a progressive liberal viewpoint. Being a Bible-believing Christian, such an approach did not resonate with my values and I never gave it much attention.
But, it had never crossed my mind to consider the moral implications of investment decisions from a biblical perspective, and my curiosity was piqued.
Curious as I was, I began looking into my portfolio and the portfolios of my clients, and immediately the Holy Spirit gripped my heart and I was stunned with a conviction I was not expecting to find.
Here I was, the president of our local pro-life pregnancy center, while at the same time owning three stocks of companies that were manufacturing abortion drugs. It struck me that every time a young lady walked into the Planned Parenthood across the street and had an abortion, I was making money on that transaction.
With God’s money, no less.
Quickly the Spirit reminded me that I was going to stand before my Lord Jesus one day and give an account for every word, thought, deed – and yes, every investment – in my life, and I could not imagine the conversation going very well when it came to my portfolio.
Me: “Look at all the money I made for you by investing in abortion, Jesus! Aren’t you proud?”
Jesus: “No, not really.”
And not just abortion, but pornography, human trafficking, LGBT activism, and all manner of unholiness festered in my investment lineup like some “Hottest Stock Picks” newsletter from hell.
Within days I was dead in the water at my dream job, completely unable to function with a clean conscience. And I had no idea what to do about it.
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Biblically Responsible investing