As we’ve established, God has a tendency to favor certain people(s). In the Bible, we are told explicitly who is in favor with God and who is not. Today, however, it isn’t quite as clear who has God’s favor, and it’s a heavily debated topic. When modern political policies are shaped around how we should handle the less fortunate, policymakers tend to fall into two categories; those who emphasize taking more care of the less fortunate and those who tend to overlook the importance of taking care of the less fortunate. Typically, because tending to the poor costs money, individuals with fiscally liberal leanings tend to want to take more care of the poor, and individuals with fiscally conservative leanings want to take less care of the poor (strictly to save money). However, historically, even though Democrats support what the Bible says on how to handle the poor, their candidates in recent years have disagreed with the Bible when it comes to issues such as abortion and gay marriage. From this, one can see a disconnect for American Christians, who now have to pick and choose which Christian values mean most to them when voting, as well as trying to balance their own political views too. In our modern world, it has become extremely difficult to help the less fortunate. As the new wave of millennials come into the world, the value of believing in God has become less important. Self interest has taken over the aspects of ethics and morals. This concept of self interest leads to a gap of inequality that is in a hyper-growth stage. Some of those who have accumulated wealth through self interest tend to forget about those who are less fortunate. As a Christian living in a modern world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to “do the right thing.” In this day and age, it has become easier to turn your back on God and refuse his offerings. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is preaching to his disciples and is asked “‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ Jesus responds, ‘...the second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’” (Mark 12:31) As mentioned above, The Bible tells us to care for the poor above all. One occasion in which this is most prevalent, is in the beatitudes. ‘Beatitude’ comes from the latin word beatus, meaning blessed. In the beatitudes, Jesus offers his followers a route to live one’s life that ensures entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus proclaims that those who are poor, hungry, and hated will experience the benefits in heaven. In the Book of Romans, humans are instructed on how to be less exclusive as the text reads, “God shows no partiality” (Romans 2:11). On the contrary, the world today is currently as divided as it has ever been. Groups of people feel threatened by others and there is no sense of unity anymore. There are people in our world today who are being forced to flee from their homes. In Syria alone, there are 4.8 million citizens who have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, and Iraq. Another 6.6 million are still within Syria, but are displaced from their homes. These people have been forced to escape on short notice, so most of them don’t have time to so much as pack a bag. Furthermore, a refugee is not necessarily with their friends or family. With humanitarian issues like these going on in our world today, one would hope that the more fortunate in the world would try and be of help. Instead, every year the United States does very little to accommodate to the needs of these refugees. How would the Bible judge a nation who was fiscally stable choosing to mind their own business? In the Gospel of Mark, he writes,“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” In other words, Jesus is saying that it is extremely difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Furthermore, while analyzing Luke’s beatitudes, which meant to be directions to happiness, Luke blesses the poor, the hungry, and the weeping. It seems as if Luke is almost describing refugees or the homeless. If it’s impossible for the rich to make it to heaven, and being poor and hungry is a path to happiness, then the Christian thing for the world to do is for everyone who has the means to try and help those who are less fortunate.