A “friend” posted the following (and yes, he’s serious):
Jesus used fish that was freely donated. Not taxpayer fish.
But better then that, as a small businessman (carpenter) from a rural town, you know he voted Republican.
Ooops. Unfortunately, I was raised Catholic in Utah, went to Catholic elementary school, and at one point, I even considered becoming a priest. I've read plenty of scripture in my time. Here's my response:
Nice try. But no, they weren't. Re-read your Bible, sir. In all four accounts (Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9, and John 6) of the Feeding of the 5000, Jesus forced his disciples to give up what little food they had, or took it from someone else (possibly paying for it) into his hands for redistribution after they urged him to order the hungry to go away because they couldn't feed them all.
Jesus wouldn't vote for either party outright. He condemned greed, injustice, exploitation of the poor, and materialism in general. He wouldn't have liked any major political party, but if we're talking who he would vote for, his support would have gone to social programs (Mark 12:31) for: child support (James 1:27) and welfare (Luke 12:33), health care (James 5:14), and even wealth distribution . . . as evidenced by the above, but in many other places like Matthew 6:24: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
So now you know.
And knowing is half the battle!