Have you been feeling defeated lately from the direction that our culture is taking today with the precipitating drop in moral values? As it turns out, you may not be the only one. According to a recent Gallup poll conducted in May, a majority of Americans would likely agree. A record 54% of those polled rated the overall state of moral values in the U.S. as “poor,” and another 33% say it is “only fair.” A measly 1% think the state of moral values is “excellent,” and 10% “good.” To make matters worse, an overwhelming 83% of respondents say morals are only getting worse, and just 12% believe they are getting better. However, this negative outlook is not surprising to those who know the truth.

As I look at the world we live in today, I am reminded of a few precious things that Scripture teaches us. I am reminded that this world is not our home and that if we read our Bibles we shouldn’t be surprised by these trends. Upon reflecting on the results of this poll, I couldn’t help but think that now, more than ever, the world and its declining morals needs the light of the gospel. Society also needs to see believers step up and be the financial stewards and promoters of the truth God has called us to be. We find encouragement in the light of Christ in John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Being ambassadors of Christ is who we are called to be, and being careful and faithful stewards of our finances is one important way that we can shine the light to a society that has lost its way. Managing what God has given us well and with godly discernment makes a difference in the material world that we live in. After all, we just recently witnessed a few major corporations lose a significant portion of their sales and market value when consumers decided to protest the moral stance these companies took. What we do with the funds that the Lord entrusted us with matters.

As exemplary stewards, here are some questions that we should look to ask ourselves as we look to further His Kingdom. Do we support organizations whose values line up with ours, or do we join society in lending our funds to fuel worldly initiatives? Are these funds earning a return with a purpose, or are they simply being invested in the market and providing capital for the secular institutions they are being held with? Is our giving cheerfully supplying much-needed resources for ministries looking to spread the good news and make a difference in this world for Christ?

As I think about how the Lord is leading me to make a more meaningful impact with my finances, I invite you also to pray about how we can make wise decisions with a positive eternal influence.

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 ESV