Commentary | You Say You Love Them But Do You Really

By Don Jans

People say they love their kids, their siblings, their friends, and people in general, but do they really? Perhaps that depends upon what we mean by love. When people say they love, do they mean they are glad that these people are alive and they can get together and laugh together talking about past gone times, and they will miss that interaction when the other is gone? Or perhaps love is deeper than that and it means that the other person is someone with whom we can share things that are causing us frustration and even hurt.

Love has been defined many different ways. The definition for love I will use is love means willing to lay down your life, it is self-sacrificing, generous, unending, not a temporary feeling or attraction, and it is also undeserving and often unreciprocated.  We use the term love, so we each must understand what we mean when we use it, but I would hope all would mean at a minimum, a strong feeling of goodwill toward and concern for the person or persons we say we love.

Despite people saying how much they love, I so often hear these same people who are claiming love for individuals or humanity in general, say that they cannot discuss the two issues that will have the greatest impact on them. The first topic that cannot be discussed is politics. Parents are saying they cannot discuss politics with their kids because it always ends in arguments. They cannot discuss politics with family or friends because it causes enemies. If we refrain from discussing politics with these people we say we love, and with people who are supporting policies that are destined to enslave them and all others to the tyranny of government, really how much do you love them?

The philosophy being taught to our children and influencing others, is a philosophy of enslavement. The left, the Democrats, but really the Communist Party of the United States (which includes the two previously mentioned groups) is a philosophy that can only end the same way it always has and always must end, and that is with a few elites living with unquestioned power and wealth, and all others living in poverty and misery. This has been proven by history.  Communism is based on the idea that basic human nature will change. History has proven that although the speed by which we can get from place to place and the speed of us communicating has changed, human nature has not. There are “good” people and there are “bad” people today, just as there always has been. No political philosophy, no matter how good they say their intentions are, has been able to change that fact.

By us refusing to interact with these misguided people is to doom them and all others to a life of slavery. However, do not argue with them. You must learn how to go about “Setting Brushfires of Freedom” and you never do this by arguing or demanding. You do this by engaging.  That means you refuse to argue. You converse, you ask question, you listen, you show an interest. You must lead the other person so they can conclude on their own that what they believe can only lead to enslavement. This is what Samuel Adams taught us. If you love these people you say you love, you will want to keep them from living under the enslavement of communism. I wrote “Setting Brushfires of Freedom” for this very purpose. It has helped many people to engage and not argue, and it might be the answer for you as well.

The second topic is even more serious than the topic of politics because it involves eternity. I cannot imagine that you would want anybody, much less somebody you claim you love to spend eternity in Hell. We are told we should never discuss religion with others. Frankly, with this I agree. Religion is an extremely divisive and meaningless topic. Religion is man conceived and man-made rules that are filled with misleading and false promises. However, if we refuse to discuss Jesus Christ, his crucifixion, and his resurrection with those we say we love, we are condemning them to an eternity in Hell. If we fall into the Satin induced practice of arguing about the deity of Jesus Christ, it would have been better if we had not discussed at all. The Bible does not call on us to save people. We cannot save people. That is the job of the Holy Spirit. We are called on to spread the Gospel. How do we do this? We can converse, we can ask questions, we can listen, and we can show an interest. We can be the vessel that the Holy Spirit uses to plant the seed, to water the seed, or to do the weeding so the Holy Spirit can do the harvesting.

This can be done by making the appropriate comment that exhibits the love of Christ, by a life lived that exhibits the love of Christ, and by not shying away from answering the question from the searching soul are ways the Holy Spirit can, will, and does use us. Be sure you are available, ready, and grateful when the Holy Spirit calls on you, so the Holy Spirit can do the necessary work to present Christ to the person you say you love. It could be the difference between and an eternity in Heaven or an eternity in Hell for that person.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.


Don Jans is a national acclaimed author and speaker.  He is also a lifelong student of history, with a special emphasis on Russian history.  His study of Russian history led to 1917 which led to the study of the teachings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.  Don has written five books on the topic of Collectivism (Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and Progressivism). 

Don has been a guest on numerous nationally and regionally broadcast radio programs.  He is a weekly guest on a nationally broadcast radio program where he discusses collectivism and how it is impacting the United States, relating current happenings to the collectivist agenda.

Don has spoken to numerous groups across the nation on the topic of who and what is the United States and who and what is collectivism. The collectivist movement has called for a transformation of the United States. What is critical for all to understand is what is the transformation; what are we now and into what will we be transformed.  

Don’s speaking approach is the same as his writing approach, and that is to be direct and straight forward with no regard for the current mandated approach of political correctness. 

Samuel Adams said, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” If we are to remain free, we must be about setting brushfires of freedom. Visit his website: http://www.mygrandchildrensamerica.com/


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