Actor Chris Pratt received overwhelming support for a speech he gave at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, during which he implored others to pursue a relationship with God.
Pratt found his faith while he was living in Maui and used his speech to share nine rules about life.
“God is real,” he told attendees. “God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
The actor also encouraged the next generation to pray because it’s “easy” and “so good for your soul.”
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In a world where perfection is seemingly an obsession, Pratt explained that everyone is “imperfect” because God made us that way.
“Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood,” he shared. “Do not forget that. Don’t take that for granted.”
Pratt’s speech was widely praised on social media, with various users likening it to him to a minister, using his time on stage to deliver a sermon.
Deirdre Austin tweeted that Pratt was “low key preaching” because of his message that God is real, wants the best for you, prayer is important, and the grace of God is paid for with the blood of Jesus.
“That is what it looks like to use your platform,” she added in the Twitter thread. “We aren’t all called to be ministers, but we can minister in whatever area we are called to.”
That is what it looks like to use your platform. We aren’t all called to be ministers, but we can minister in whatever area we are called to. #MTVAwards
— Deirdre Austin (@DeirdreJonese) June 19, 2018
DejaAnissa called it a “short sermon” and Dallas said it “shook” him to see the actor “professing God’s love and grace,” which is “rarely seen anymore.”
— DejaAnissa 🐢 (@_DejaAnissa) June 19, 2018
Chris Pratt professing God’s love and grace on the #MTVAwards just shook me. To have that platform and to profess faith like that is rarely seen anymore.. God Bless Chris Pratt
— dallas (@dallascupit) June 19, 2018
Pratt’s speech also gained the support of ABC’s “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, who said the speech “made my morning.”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 19, 2018
One of the actor’s rules that was seemingly unrelated to his faith was a funny quip about wrapping dog medicine in a hamburger so the dog doesn’t realize it’s taking medicine.
While it could have just been a good tip, Babes kaJesu pointed out that it could have also been a metaphor for how he “laced” his speech about God in humor.
And how one of his life rules was that when you give a dog medicine,wrap it in meat so that it doesn't realize that it's eating medicine,was a Actually a metaphor for how his speech was about God,His goodness and grace but laced in humour. Brilliant.
— Babes kaJesu (@NontzMkhize) June 19, 2018
Columnist Jonah Goldberg called it “great” and New York Post columnist John Podhoretz said he didn’t know he could love Chris Pratt anymore than he already did, but apparently he was wrong.
Whoa. This is great. And because it is great a lot of ankle biters will likely spend the next couple days hating on it. https://t.co/2RgY7yqLHl
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) June 19, 2018
I didn't know I could love Chris Pratt any more, but now I do. https://t.co/yDtIftiAGT
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 19, 2018
CNN senior writer Lisa Respers France said that the actor could “easily be that cool pastor who has a mega-church AND tattoos.”
— Lisa Respers France (@LisaFranceCNN) June 19, 2018
Pratt’s speech, which also advocated for the next generation to work hard and strive to be good people, received effusive applause while he was delivering it.