One of the best pieces of financial advice in business is to "go where the money is." Unfortunately, the money is not in the secular movement. Unless you are Richard Dawkins or perhaps Sam Harris, the odds are that any money you have made from your work as a secular activist isn't enough to make you wealthy. In fact, you probably aren't even making enough to quit your "day job" and focus on your secular work full time. And every time you hear about another millionaire Christian pastor and his private jet challenges, it’s like rubbing salt in an open wound. We’re clearly not in this for the money, but without the money, we can’t fully be in this. The good news is you can make a darn good living being a secular activist. You will, however, need to expand your opportunities and perhaps adjust your attitude toward money.
It’s no secret that people in the secular movement tend to be very liberal, and liberals tend to value wealth less than our conservative counterparts. In more extreme cases, liberal attitudes can lead to the demonization of money or at least a negative association with money. However, we must not let the media, or a vocal few, define what it means to be wealthy—that cold, careless, even sociopathic persona of the rich person who puts money above all else. We cannot forget people like Bill and Melinda Gates who have given away over $28 billion through their charitable foundation, or closer to home, secular activists like Todd Stiefel who has given away over $4 million to secular causes. Money is necessary to have if we are going to make an impact in the market of ideas. As a general rule of thumb, the more money you have, the more you will be able to do for the secular movement.