At the end of his song about serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr. Sufjan Stevens has this to say:
And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floor boards
For the secrets I have hid
Stevens compares himself to Gacy, a man who raped and killed thirty-three teenage boys. He’s obviously not saying he committed similar acts, but I think he’s making a broader statement saying, we’re all human, we’re all broken and all live in a fallen world. This song came to mind in light of the recent death of Osama Bin Laden and I think Bin Laden could easily replace Gacy in this song. But despite our shared fallen nature we are so quick to condemn and rejoice at the death of someone we’ve deemed as evil. As a Christian that doesn’t sit right with me. I’m not saying I don’t believe in justice, I certainly do. However, I believe justice is in God’s hands not ours and that love and forgiveness go a lot farther than hate and revenge.
Here is the song titled “John Wayne Gacy Jr.” as mentioned earlier from Stevens’ Illinois album:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Sufjan Stevens = John Wayne Gacy Jr. = Osama Bin Laden = Me…