Jason B. Ladd

Author | Apologist | Entrepreneur

America is Beautiful: Is it Still Okay to Love Her?


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Happy Fourth of July, everyone!  God bless America!

This week I am guest posting on the website of writer, photographer, architect emeritus, and Army Special Forces Veteran, Mr. Samuel Hall.

Samuel Hall has been writing for thirty years and is on the board of Oregon Christian Writers.  His website, www.samhallwriter.com, features his weekly blogs and photography.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he served in the US Army Special Forces before beginning his architecture practice. He’s active in mentoring men and is lay leader and coordinator of men’s ministries in his church.

He’s done short-term missions to South Africa and Uganda where he conducted pastors training and ministered in displaced persons camps. As part of a four-man team, he traveled in rural areas of SW China to work with ethnic minorities and support the underground church.

 He has worked with many writers with featured works in a variety of articles, including the children’s picture book Jesus Loves Us All.  He is represented by Les Stobbe Literary Agency.

He and his wife live near Salem, Oregon and are the parents of three adult children.

America is beautiful, and Americans have historically lavished her with praise.

But are public displays of affection for the Land of the Free going out of fashion?


Photo credit: Sgt. Ray Lewis

What makes America great?  Is it okay to appreciate American exceptionalism?

Who should we thank for the liberty and freedom we enjoy?

Click HERE for the full post and the answers to these questions.


Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel

About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

6 Replies

  1. Jeanne Webster

    Happy Fourth of July, 2013!

    God bless you and your family, and thank you for the sacrifices you have made for our country.

    1. Thank you! Have a great 4th!

  2. Drew McIntyre

    Of course it is okay to love one’s country – it is perfectly natural. Christians are just called to love Jesus more.


  3. Harolene Leguizamon

    My grandparents came to this country during the massecre of the Armenians by the Muslim Turks because of their faith in Jesus as the Christ. They loved this country so much for giving them religious freedom that my Pop would, as we were walking along a sidewalk or on a golf course, bow down and kiss the earth. To see disrespect for the country he loved was unthinkable. Good question, is it still the same country that gave them shelter because of their belief? Seems to me it would be the other side of the coin that would be more welcomed here now as Christians are being martyred daily and we are worried that one woman used a slang word many years ago. We are upside down. Only my opinion, Harolene Mushegan Leguizamon!

    1. Harolene, Thank you for the story. We seem to be in precarious times. I believe our soil is still worth kissing. We must remember what made it that way!