Actor Chris Pratt received the Generation Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Monday night and used his time on stage to make a strong declaration of his faith and urge others to believe in God.
Pratt opened his speech by accepting responsibility as the next generation’s “elder” and told them to “listen up” because he was about to dish out his nine rules for a happy and successful life.
Some of the rules were funny, some were serious, and some — like number six — spoke to his faith.
“God is real,” Pratt told the audience to a round of applause. “God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
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While the actor then segued into a comedic tip about using the restroom at a party, rule number eight came back to building a relationship with God.
“Learn to pray,” he advised. “It’s easy, and it’s so good for your soul.”
His ninth and final rule to the next generation dealt with the issue of being perfect. Although he declared in no uncertain terms that no one is perfect, it came with a faith-based silver lining.
Pratt acknowledged that throughout life, people constantly hear, “[You’re] perfect just the way you are,” but he disagreed. He asserted, “You are imperfect,” and explained why:
“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. 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.”
Pratt’s other six rules played into the simple message to work hard and be a good person. The rules included:
“You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
“Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector and if you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons and do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”
“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.”
“God bless you, please get home safely,” he concluded.
During an interview with Vanity Fair in 2017, Pratt explained that he came to know Jesus before he was 21 while he was living on the beach in Maui.
While waiting for their friend outside a liquor store, a man came up to Pratt and asked what he was doing that night.
“I said, ‘Why are you asking?’ He said, ‘Jesus told me to talk to you …’ At that moment I was like, I think I have to go with this guy,” Pratt shared.
He went to church with the stranger who approached him outside the liquor store and “over the next few days, I surprised my friends by declaring that I was going to change my life.”
Many award show speeches serve as a time for the winner to use the platform to advocate their politics and promote social causes.
However, Pratt’s rules are ones that could be beneficial to anyone, regardless of politics. If everyone did implement a few of his rules, the political divide might not be so wide.