Today is the 238th birthday of America.  On July 4, 1776, our forefathers claimed independence from Britain and democracy was born.  Each year Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, family gatherings and parades.

With the common expression of ‘separation of church and state’, we don’t think of combining our love of America with our love of God.  Yet, many of our greatest political leaders had both love of God and country.  Read the quotes below:

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”  – Patrick Henry (1776)

“It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men’s lives be based on the principles of the bible.  No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

“Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”  – Calvin Coolidge (1923)

“We recognize no sovereign but God, and no king but Jesus!  – John Adams & John Hancock (1775)

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God and to obey His will.”  – George Washington

God Bless America!