After watching multiple movies and TV shows starring him, Chris Pratt has become my favorite actor. From his time as Andy Dweir in the NBC’s show Parks and Recreation (one of my all-time favorite shows), to being the voice of Emmet in the Lego Movie, to playing Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy, and much more, Chris Pratt has been a star in the making. Last Monday at the MTV awards, Pratt gave an acceptance speech, unlike anything I’ve heard before after winning the MTV’s Generation Award, that solidified him as my favorite actor. He gave “9 rules from Chris Pratt, generation award winner,” some of which were goofy because that’s just the kind of person he is, but I really want to focus on a few of the other things he said. Here are rules 2, 6, 8, and 9 from Chris Pratt:
2. You have a soul. Be careful with it.
6. God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do.
8. Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.
9. Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget that. Don’t take that for granted.
I think the most amazing thing about this is that this is one of the most famous people in Hollywood right now talking about God, prayer, your soul, and the Gospel. I can’t remember the last time I heard someone with this much popularity talk about Christianity because it really doesn’t happen often, but this is something we for sure need more of. In our society, Christians are looked down upon, an example being Joy Behar from The View calling Vice President Mike Pence mentally ill for praying to God, saying, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.” In Matthew 5:11, Jesus says to his disciples, “”Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Even though Christians are still looked down on in our society, it’s nothing compared to being blessed by God because of it.
The most powerful thing Chris Pratt said in his speech is rule number 9. He tells the honest truth that no one is perfect, which is big deal in today’s world since many people look up to celebrities and think that they’re perfect and it seems nothing ever goes wrong for them. But the truth is, “you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be,” as Pratt says. But Christians have hope because we know that Jesus came down from heaven, a perfect place, to earth, an imperfect place, to live a perfect life, and then to die for imperfect humans so that we can be united with God. The fact that this amazing truth is looked down upon by so many is a shame, and it goes to show how far out society has strayed away from our Judeo/Christian values that we were founded on. It seems that we keep straying farther and farther away from these values with bigotry and intolerance skyrocketing like never before. People believe what they want to believe and if anyone disagrees with them, they’re immediately labeled as mentally ill, as we saw with Mike Pence, they’re called a racist, a sexist, a Nazi, and much more. The only way our culture could ever be restored to what it used to be is if people open their minds to the beliefs of others and don’t shoot them down just because they believe something different. Just like I wrote about in my Discourse in American Society piece, free thought without identity politics, intersectionality, and labeling is the only way to heal our country of its intolerance.
You can watch the full video of Chris Pratt’s speech here.