Watch Actor Chris Pratt Preach the Gospel in Under Four Minutes at the MTV Awards
MTV held its annual awards ceremony Monday night featuring the music, films, and speeches of Hollywood’s elite. MTV honored Chris Pratt with this year’s “Generation Award.” Pratt has starred in two blockbuster films already this year, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Avengers: Infinity War. The actor, who seems to be a blend of serious and silly, chose that same route for his acceptance speech, wherein he offered “Nine Rules from Chris Pratt, Generation Award Winner” to the next generation. It was refreshing and inspiring to see a handsome, talented, popular actor offer nuggets of wisdom and proclaim his faith in front of the entire MTV audience on national television.
Some of Pratt’s rules were silly and even a bit crude, but peppered in between the laughs Pratt offered several wise, somber pieces of advice about life, choices, and even Christianity. For example, while Rule #1 was “breathe” or else “you’ll suffocate,” Rule #2 was: “You have a soul. Be careful with it.” For some people in the audience, that might be the first time they’d ever heard such an idea—at least from a Hollywood star.
Pratt’s Rule #3 was simple but also profound. At first he said, “Don’t be a turd.” The audience laughed. But then he followed this up with more wisdom. “If you’re strong, be a protector. If you’re smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons: Do not wield them against the weak, that makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.” While Rule #4 was a silly joke about how to give a dog medicine (with hamburger wrapped around it of course), he continued with his quest to offer solid wisdom to a generation that needs it.
Pratt continued. Rule #5: “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.” Pratt didn’t hesitate to offer “Rule #6: God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
Rule #7 was a bizarre but hilarious mini-rant about how to use the bathroom at a party without stinking up the place. But while the audience was laughing about that, Pratt used that momentum and went into his last two rules which piggybacked on his previous tidbits of advice about Christianity.
Rule #8. “Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul.” Finally, with the crowd clapping and nodding, he closed with a mini-theology lesson that was every bit as solid as a 45-minute sermon by a Southern Baptist preacher.
Rule #9: Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are. You’re not. You’re imperfect. You always will be. But there is a powerful force that you designed you this way. And if you’re willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. And like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for by somebody else’s blood. God bless you. Please get home safely.