For King & Country’s Joel Smallbone on How Christians Can Combat the Suicide Epidemic

One way to combat the suicide epidemic is to connect with one another through face-to-face communication and prayer, two-time Grammy Award-winning group for KING & COUNTRY has said.

Joel Smallbone, the older half of the music duo, told students gathered at Liberty University’s convocation that the music video for their recently-released song “God Only Knows” was shot the same week that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade took their own lives.

“That kind of dug into the reality of suicide, and just really realized that it’s an epidemic,” he said. “In the 1980s, 20 percent of Americans claimed to be lonely. In 2018, almost 50 percent do. And yet, in that 38-year gap, we’ve become more communicative than ever, but it seems like we’re not connecting as much. That’s one of the questions we’re asking ourselves, ‘How do we truly connect in a deep way?'”

The singer added that the answer is through more face-to-face communication and prayer.

Earlier, Smallbone explained that college-age students and younger generations are continually asking the “big question”: ‘What are we going to lean into?'”

“The younger generation wants a cause — you can see it — that we’re gravitating toward, whether it’s a political cause, or a spiritual cause, or whatever it might be,” he said. “They’re desperately looking for something, and our hope is that they’re not trying to chase after the wind, but after God, and why He put them here on this Earth.”

The music video for “God Only Knows” follows a young woman as she goes through the mundane events of the day — she puts on makeup, meets friends, and has coffee — before jumping off a bridge. Then, the footage rewinds, showing how a single interaction prevented her from committing suicide. The poignant video concludes with 1-800-273-8255, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Source: Christian Post