Robert Bentley, the former governor of Alabama, entered a guilty plea for several criminal charges on Monday. He also resigned as the governor to avoid the upcoming impeachment hearings. Bentley admitted to embezzling funds and illegally using state resources to cover up his affair.
During his political career, Bentley opposed gay marriage rights, the state lottery, and legalization of gambling. Bentley wanted to use legislation to promote his Christian moral values. Bentley wanted to be a moral crusader.
In actuality, Bentley was an immoral moral crusader.
Legislating morality is a popular political platform; however, it doesn’t fix any problems or address the real issues. Bentley knew what he was doing was illegal, but he wasn’t concerned. His problem wasn’t based on a lack of legal consequences. His problem was based on a lack of character.
We can legislate morality, but it isn’t going to create a moral society. We need to focus on personal character. We need to value character above a person’s financial status, fame, or appearance. If you don’t change hearts of people, changing laws will not be enough to fix our problems.