As people enter the Colorado Convention Center they are greeted throughout by signs that display the Western Conservative Summit’s 2017 motto–Making Goodness Fashionable. You would think this wouldn’t be a controversial slogan, but in today’s polarized political environment, both sides of the aisle seem to have very different ideas of goodness.
Most of us know about goodness from the Bible. Ephesian’s 5:8-9 reads “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth).” We often think of goodness in the form of virtues, typical Fruit of the Spirit behaviors that come from our faith.
This pursuit of goodness has been a fundamental part of the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman tradition and dates back as far as Plato. He often discussed goodness, particularly in an attempt to understand humanity’s purpose. He recognized that all men are compelled to purse the good, although we necessarily fall short. Our great values–justice, equality, beauty–all descend from this idea of ‘goodness.’ And the only reason we can understand the more difficult concepts of knowledge, truth, and justice is in pursuit of it.
But how can conservatives work to make such a weighty idea of goodness fashionable again?
First, we can work to pursue basic tenets of goodness in our daily lives. Especially in an age dominated by divisive media reports, aggressive political campaigns, and difficult political challenges, now is the time to remind each other of the goodness we have within us, regardless of political affiliation or differences within each party. We can act with love and kindness. Because the only way we can reconnect with others and reclaim our country is to promote these good values in our daily lives.
Second, we can encourage our politicians to set an example for the rest of the country. Many conservatives were dismayed by the death of Trumpcare on the Senate floor earlier this week. After years of promising Obamacare repeal to constituents, our representatives do need to be held accountable for these promises. Conservatives swept the country in the 2016 election and now hold the House, Senate, and the Presidency. They not only need to be the good and honest politicians they promised us they’d be but also need to work together to enact the change they’ve been promising us for so long.
Making goodness fashionable means carrying it out in our daily lives and encouraging our politicians to do the same as they decide the course of our country in Washington. Join us this weekend at the Western Conservative Summit and actively work to Make Goodness Fashionable.