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    First, let me address the financial difference between purchase of a product at either retail or wholesale level verses investment in a company or other organization via public market trade.
    When a product that you need is offered as a purchasable commodity (water) you have some options (how many you have available has limitations such as number of vendors, distance to alternate venues, etc.). Your purchase does put money into the hands of someone who is going to use their wealth wickedly -- the city or county who handle the public water system, the company you bought bottled water from, the bottling plant that supplied your retailer with that water, the plastics manufacturer who made the bottle, the trucking firm and their employees who delivered the stock,etc. On this basis, your friend has a valid point. There probably doesn't exist a product which has a clean path from raw material to manufacturing to transportation to distribution to consumption.
     
    On the other hand, publicly traded stocks and credit union account are both a purchase of ownership (which is why voting rights are conferred). If you buy enough ownership into the company you have a great (but not guarantied) chance of your vote changing some operational aspects. If you purchase 51% of the company (not usually offered into availability) you can now make the changes you want without effective opposition for you have "controlling rights". The average level of investment (such as you described) makes you a direct partner (as one of the 15,000 - or whatever number is applicable - owners) with no hope of effecting change.
     
    Now, as for your wanting Scripture that applies to your predicament as outlined in the question above. The last phrase in Rom 14:23 ... for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
    IF you have to ask, justify and wonder THEN you're still not ready to act on it.
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