We Believe… in Transformational Giving.

Psalm 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” 

Last month we looked back on the Fifth Credo of the Stewardship Foundation — belief in the sanctity of human life, marriage between one man and one woman, sexual morality, religious freedom, and the rights of conscience. Our June message focused on the moral liberalism rampant in today’s society and in the press’s coverage of events. If you missed it, read it here.

This month we return to our First Credo, transformational giving. The one guiding question that permeates our thinking at the Stewardship Foundation is “where is your heart?” Within this question several others beg to be asked, such as, “what is the treasure you seek?”; “how much wealth is enough for you and your family?” and, “what does God expect of you?”

We encourage our clients to examine their giving motives, to more deeply explore where their hearts are leading them. It’s been said that what motivates us is revealed when we examine how we spend our time, and where we spend our money. Our purpose is to help connect our clients with the worthy charities and nonprofits that advance these passions and individual motivations.

Stewardship is a theological belief that humans are responsible for the world and should take care and look after it; to use and manage the resources given by God for His glory and the betterments of His creation. So how does it work?

We believe that Stewardship works when you identify where your hearts and passions lead you; when they are willing to seek, and share the treasure God desires for you. Stewardship works when you realistically define what is necessary to provide for your family now and in the future, and, most importantly, stewardship works when you honor what God expects of you.

This journey of financial stewardship involves a process of understanding, acknowledging, accepting, and acting. We embrace the opportunity to partner with you on this journey. Please share this message with like-minded friends and family, and call us at (614) 800-7985.

Our Fifth Credo

We believe… in the sanctity of human life, marriage and sexual morality, and religious freedom and the rights of conscience.

In 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges held that the 14th Amendment require a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex if their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed.

In recent news headlines, the position of the Catholic Church has been bandied about like a volleyball match. Because The Stewardship Foundation holds the position that marriage between a man and a woman to be the most basic institution in society, we thought we’d clarify our position in light of recent news headlines.

Our Fifth Credo

As reported in the National Catholic Reporter, more than a dozen U.S. Catholic leaders and organizations kicked off Pride month with “blessing services” in clear support of the LGBTQ community. 

In 2016, now President Joe Biden, a Catholic, officiated at the same-sex wedding of two White House staffers, reportedly “going out of his way” to act with contempt for infallible Church teaching in light of Roe v. Wade.

Moral liberalism holds that we have a right to do anything not harmful to others. Was Joe Biden acting morally? Does this action imply giving same sex couples the right to marry? 

Pope Francis, or we should say the 2020 movie “Francesco” was not helpful when Francis was portrayed as ignoring the teachings of his predecessor St. John Paul II who said “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual unions.” 

But in reality, Pope Francis was speaking about the right of homosexuals not to be rejected by their own families. He said nothing about homosexuals creating new families of their own through adoption or surrogates.

Catholic doctrine, reflecting natural law, clearly states that homosexual persons should refrain from same-sex activity and relationships that lead to mortal sin.

After so much hoopla in the press, a year later in 2021, Pope Francis approved a message from the Vatican that “the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples’ relationships are. To clarify, the Church calls on Catholics to “welcome with respect and sensitivity persons with homosexual inclinations” and does allow giving blessings to homosexual people, but “does not have, and cannot have,” the power to bless same-sex relationships.

The Vatican emphasizes that “God does not and cannot bless sin.”

Only time will tell whether Catholics, having heard conflicting messages, understand and accept Church teaching. In the meantime, we will continue to bless and pray for our brethren with same-sex inclinations and stand firm that marriage is a sacramental union between one man and one woman.

Looking Back on the Journey

It was May of 2012 when we began to use our blog to muse about why the Stewardship Foundation was founded, what we believe in, and it should matter to our investors and friends.

In 2009, some Christians gathered in New York City and drafted a declaration that became a “call of Christian Conscience” and we responded by mirroring their stated moral principles:

  • Sanctity of human life
  • Dignity of marriage as a union between husband and wife
  • Freedom of conscience and religion

With this as a basis, we wrote our Credo of Beliefs:

We believe… in transformational giving.

We believe… that giving is a collaborative act between the donor, the charity, and their God.

We believe… that transformational giving is not about the bottom line, but about the heart.

We believe… that transformational giving creates partnerships that impact entire communities.

We believe… in the sanctity of human life, marriage and sexual morality, and religious freedom and the rights of conscience.

We believe… that it is our responsibility to care for the poor, the sick and the disadvantaged, and to use our talents for the betterment of mankind through education, opportunity and freedom.

In 2021, we stand firm to this Credo. No news story headline, political debate, popular media, or “woke conscience” can deter us from these beliefs because they are founded in Scripture. 

To read the original text, use either the Internet’s “wayback machine” (sites such as the Manhattan Declaration may be removed at any time), or the original archive here.

If you feel strongly, as we do, and you haven’t signed the Declaration yet, you can still sign it here.

This journey of financial stewardship involves a process of understanding, acknowledging, accepting, and acting with awareness and intent. We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with you on this journey.