Actor Chris Pratt shared a gospel message in an acceptance speech at the MTV awards Monday, interspersing a serious message about God’s love in a list of “9 Rules for Life” for the younger generation.
“This being a generation award, I’m going to cut to the chase and I’m going to speak to you — the next generation — okay,” he said. “I accept the responsibility as your elder, so, listen up. This is what I call ‘9 Rules from Chris Pratt, Generation award winner.”
Some of the rules were humorous or tongue in cheek. “Breathe,” he said. “If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.” Or “Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong be a protector and if you’re smart be a humble influencer.” And of course a poop joke:
“If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door, sit down. Get all the pee out first, and then once all the pee is done — poop, flush. Boom.”
But his points about God were totally serious and seemed to stem from a conservative view of the Christian gospel. “You have a soul, be careful with it,” he said in Rule 2. And later, “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
“Learn to pray,” he said in Rule 8. “It’s easy. And it’s so good for your soul.”
And in the final bit he expounded, albeit indirectly, on God as the divine creator and humans as hopelessly sinful, and Jesus as the sacrificial lamb on the cross.
“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’s a powerful force that designed you that 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 with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.”
Although wildly countercultural, his assertions of faith in God were received with enthusiastic applause.