Chris Pratt, star of “Parks and Recreation” and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, has been open about his Christian beliefs before. However, upon receiving an honor at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday, the 38-year-old actor took one of his strongest stands for God yet.
Pratt was receiving the Generation Award, which is MTV’s version of the lifetime achievement award. Pratt is only 38 and his box office clout is still on the rise, so this was a curious choice until you consider the fact that 38 is at least 18 years older than the age at which an individual should still be watching MTV.
According to CNN, Pratt decided to give a nine-point inspirational speech upon accepting the award.
“I’m going to cut to the chase and I am going to speak to you, the next generation,” Pratt said. “I accept the responsibility as your elder. So, listen up.”
Some of the items were funny. Point number seven was that, if you have to go number two at a party and don’t want to stink up the joint, it’s best to flush the toilet just as the offending article is being expelled, and point number four was “When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
Most of the points, however, were serious.
“You have a soul. Be careful with it,” Pratt said under point number two. For point number five, Pratt reminded the audience: “It doesn’t matter what it is. Earn it. A good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.”
Points number six, eight and nine, however, were strong affirmations of his Christian faith.
“God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do,” Pratt told the audience.
As for point number eight? “Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.”
Point number nine, however, is definitely not something you’re used to hearing from a Hollywood star.
“Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, you are not! You are imperfect,” Pratt said.
“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,” he added.
An amazing stand from an amazing star, especially given the risk of saying all of this before a Hollywood crowd.
Keep on keeping on, Chris Pratt, and may God bless you and your endeavors.
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