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Smallbone Brothers Explain the Value of "Priceless"

The award winning group “For King and Country” share about their new book & movie ”Priceless”, which is inspired by true events. Read Transcript


[MUSIC PLAYING]

JAMES (VOICEOVER): We're all on a journey.

But it seems somewhere along the way, I took a wrong turn.

[SHOUTING]

And then it happened.

And I never even saw it coming.

[CAR HONKING]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

Did I fail?

[INAUDIBLE].

JAMES (VOICEOVER): Did I do what needed to be done?

[INAUDIBLE] the girls, where are you taking them?

It's not your problem.

If you're hearing a little voice that's

telling you to stay, then you might

want to listen to that voice.

I want to shut this thing down.

FOR KING AND COUNTRY: (SINGING) I see you dressed in white.

MARIA: How could you just leave us?

You have to trust me.

MARIA: That word is broken for you.

JAMES: I'm gonna make this right.

FOR KING AND COUNTRY: (SINGING) --so priceless.

Joining us now is For King and Country,

brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone.

It's great to have you with us.

And this is a huge project that you have undertaken.

Yeah.

Before we talk about your background,

let's talk about this.

Mm.

Why trafficking?

Why this issue?

Well, we-- this has been a long journey to this point for us.

LUKE SMALLBONE: Yeah.

And you do have to go back--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: A little bit, yeah.

--to get to here.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: [LAUGHTER]

And one of the things that we felt

moved to share about as we started

as a band was charging us as men be chivalrous in how we love

and celebrating a woman's worth.

Mm.

And about two years ago, we went to our brother Ben.

And we said, look, there is-- there's

something happening here.

This message is being received almost at an alarming pace.

This movement, this Priceless movement is really flourishing.

What about taking this message to the silver screen?

I don't think we knew what we were asking at the time.

No.

But--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: And that's a good thing.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

[LAUGHTER]

It was in this case.

I'm not sure we would've done it otherwise.

But one of the great questions we asked-- OK,

is-- well, yes, what is our role as men and women socially?

Mhm.

But also what is the antithesis of the word priceless?

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Priceless, yeah.

And that is that someone can be bought,

that love can be bought, that affection can be bought.

And so in an effort to really convey the sort of cultural

extremes that we have going on in society today,

there is a portion of this that really drops into this world

of slavery, prostitution, trafficking to-- to--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Mhm.

--hopefully start a conversation.

LUKE SMALLBONE: Yeah.

Alarming numbers--

Mhm.

Yeah.

--in all of this.

I mean, I'm sure that moved you.

And in many instances, though-- though your book, your movie,

the song you've written is-- is geared toward women--

LUKE SMALLBONE: Yeah.

--especially when it comes to children,

there are young boys involved in all of this as well that are

being taken advantage of.

What-- what do you want-- what's the takeaway from what

you're doing here?

What do you want people to see the movie you've produced,

to read the book you've written-- what

do you want them to take away?

One of the things that we've realized as brothers is this

younger generations is being discipled by what they hear

through their headphones--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yeah.

--and what they see through-- on screens,

whether it's a telephone screen, or a mobile phone, or--

Mhm.

--a television, or in a theater.

And we feel like for us to be able to get to those younger

kids, for us to be able to get to the kids that are-- have

a new mind, that are-- that haven't been necessarily

corrupted by society, that we need to actually

be in those places.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Mhm.

We need to be writing excellent music.

Yeah.

We need to be writing-- making excellent movies.

Because this is what people are paying attention to today.

And a lot of that has to do with--

we feel very passionate that this younger generation has

an opportunity unlike--

Yeah.

--even just my generation, which is not that far removed

from this younger generation where there's so many

communication.

Mhm.

There's so much social media.

And so if you can get into their heads

what it really looks like to be a priceless soul,

somebody that actually knows what they're valued,

I think that that person becomes in incredibly powerful.

You know, the message is a compelling message

really of God's love.

JOEL SMALLBONE: Mhm.

LUKE SMALLBONE: Yeah.

Because He's the one who's created us

with such detail, such promise, such wonder.

When you lose that, the message you're also bringing in

is that it's not too late.

You can-- you can find a new beginning in that.

Mm.

Well, and that's one of the beautiful things

about this film is there's this sub-story going

on where my character, James, is really physically saving

these young ladies.

But particularly the older of the two sisters

who he's attempting to save, she,

even in these horrific circumstances,

even though there's these awful things that

have been done to her, even though she's

suffered great loss, she, as an image bearer of God,

under God--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Mm.

JOEL SMALLBONE: --is able to have

the resolve and the strength to almost

save him mentally and-- and spiritually in the process.

And so there's this great juxtaposed position.

And that's what I think is a beautiful thing about a woman

today is when she is looking, you know, sort of vertically--

LUKE SMALLBONE: Mhm.

--then the-- the horizontal relationships sort of get

worked out.

Yeah.

Talk a little bit about that for young men--

Yeah.

Mhm.

--not children, but young men.

Because just as the woman's view of God's intention for her

as a woman has been distorted, I think

so has the view of what a man is--

JOEL SMALLBONE: Mhm.

--to be.

I mean, you have a tremendous opportunity to impact that.

I think you're 100% correct.

I don't-- I think that we have a generation that,

both female and male, really struggle with just identity.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Absolutely.

They're identity-less to a degree.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes.

And if we can speak into where, hey, under God,

this is who you're created to be--

MARIA: Mhm.

--like I said before, I think that you just live your life

with a different vigor.

You live your life with a different intensity.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Right.

Because you're not trying to go after frame or accolades

to say, well, look at me.

Now I know who I am--

Yeah.

--because done all these other things.

Achieving is a great way to feel empty.

It's true.

And the search for significance, which is on almost all of us

until we find our wholeness in Christ--

Mhm.

--is-- can come up empty--

Yeah.

And I think--

--on many, many levels.

To your point, Terry, there is, as men--

and we feel as young men, it's part of the reason we've spoken

about it-- there is this dichotomy of men finding

their significance in sex--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes.

--and in-- and in sort of that strength as a man,

as the hunter, the fighter rather than the protector,

and the carer, and the man laying down his life.

And particularly speaking about trafficking and slavery,

this is-- this is supply and demand.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes.

As you get rid of the-- you get rid of the demand, which

primarily is men, the supply diminishes immediately.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yeah.

And so this is-- let's not be fooled-- the song, the book,

the film is really-- it's a charge just

as much if not more so to men.

Mhm.

It starts with us.

Part-- part of the reason why I think Joel and I feel so driven

to speak about it is it does start with men.

Yep.

This message shouldn't be coming-- I mean, it can.

But we need to be people--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yes.

--who are saying, guys, for the most part,

this issue starts with us.

If we didn't have the issues that we have

and if we-- our minds weren't distorted at times,

then this issue would go away.

And so we need to be calling out fellow men saying, hey guys,

let's-- let's--

TERRY MEEUWSEN: Yeah.

--let's change things.

Well, you've got three-- three projects now--

[LAUGHTER]

--surrounding this subject of priceless,

that we are made in the image and likeness of God.

We are priceless as men and as women.

JOEL SMALLBONE: Yeah.

But you've got the song, the book, the movie.

And it's a message that really, really needs to be heard today.

We have a clip of you singing the song priceless.

So let's take a look at that.

FOR KING AND COUNTRY: (SINGING) Mirror,

mirror, mirror on the wall, telling

those lies, pointing out your flaws, that isn't who you are.

That isn't who you are.

It might be hard to hear.

But let me tell you dear, if you could see what I could see,

I know you would believe that isn't who you are.

There's more to who you are.

So when it's late, you're wide awake,

too much too take, and don't you dare forget that in the pain,

you can be brave.

Hear me say--

I see you dressed in white.

Every wrong made a right.

I see a rose in bloom at the sight of you--

oh, so priceless.

Irreplaceable, unmistakable, incomparable-- darling,

it's beautiful.

I see it all in you.

Oh, so priceless.

We are each the priceless creation of a God

who loves us immeasurably.

That was great.

Want people to know, if you want to hear more of For King

and Country, get their CD.

You'll love their music.

It's available wherever music is sold.

And be sure to check out the book--

LUKE SMALLBONE: Mhm.

--"Priceless," and the movie when it comes to a theater near

you.

You need to go.

You need to go both to learn more

about who you are as a child of God

but then to learn more about the difference we can all make

if we stand up and are counted.

So Luke, Joel, thank you so much.

We just wish you the best with this project.

It's a big subject.

Thanks so much for having us.

--[INAUDIBLE] Great to see you again.

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