At this year’s MTV Movie and TV Awards held on Monday, June 18, 2018, actor Chris Pratt won the “Generations” award handed out to actors who have displayed their unique personality in a variety of roles.
Pratt, 38, has starred in several major hit movies including the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic Park and its sequels.
While receiving this year’s award, Pratt took the opportunity to present his nine rules for life ranging from how to properly use the bathroom facilities while at a friend’s place to feeding a dog medicine (hide it in a piece of hamburger.)
But scattered within these nine pieces of wisdom, Pratt provided some spiritual advice to the next generation as the MTV crowd is typically millennials and younger.
In earlier interviews, Pratt recounted when he became a Christian a man gave Chris a prophetic word that he would become famous. A short time later while working as a waiter in a Hawaii restaurant, Pratt served a movie director and in a matter of days was flying to California for a part in a movie.
As a man who is not shy about his faith, Chris has displayed a tremendous amount of courage speaking about Christ in a Hollywood culture that is so anti God.
So what were his four pieces of spiritual advice?
Rule #2: You have a soul. Be careful with it.
Rule #6: God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that; I do.
Rule #8:Learn to pray. It’s easy and it is so good for your soul.
Rule #9: Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way you are, you are not! You are imperfect. 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 that freedom we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for by somebody’s else’s blood. Don’t forget that. Do not take that for granted.
I very much appreciated Rule #6, because he got to the core of the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul states that we are transformed, not by salvation, but through the renewing of our minds:
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NASV)
The way we think needs to be radically transformed. We need to start believing what God says about us.
When we question whether God loves us and has the best for use, like Chris Pratt we must choose to believe that God does. And sometimes it can be a struggle as we try to clean our minds of our old ways of thinking.
The last rule, Rule #9, also needs to be emphasized today. None of us are perfect and we will all make mistakes. I think he even subtly referenced one of the biggest challenges that famous people face because they have people around them who only pat them on the back and tell them how good they are. Maybe this is one of the things that Jesus was referring to when he said it is difficult for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 19:23).
But Chris has his feet on the ground and acknowledges his true humanity. He goes on to say that we can only receive God’s grace when we understand our imperfection. Then he subtly refers to the need for Christ’s redeeming grace.
Hotair’s Ed Morrisey writes:
“It’s clear that Pratt is a man of faith (which we already know), but it’s unusual to see it presented so clearly and yet so subtly. Pratt notes that ‘grace is a gift … paid for with someone else’s blood,’ as deeply Christian a statement as one will ever see on MTV, or for that matter any other awards show without attaching it to a political hobby-horse. … For the entertainment industry, Pratt gave quite a subversive acceptance speech.”
Chris Pratt’s nine rules for life
Transcribed by Redstate’s Andrea Ruth:
No. 1: Breathe. If you don’t, you will suffocate.
No. 2: You have a soul. Be careful with it.
No. 3: Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.
No. 4: When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.
No. 5: 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.
No. 6: God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that; I do.
No. 7: 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 of the pee out first. And then, once all the pee is done, poop, flush, boom! You minimize the amount of time that the poop’s touching the air. Because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you’re peeing on top of it, stirring up the poop particles, create a cloud, goes out, then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.
No. 8: Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.
No. 9: Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way that you are, you are not! You are imperfect. 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 that. Don’t take that for granted.
- Video: Chris Pratt’s (mostly) awesome Nine Pillars of Wisdom: Hotair
- ‘God is real, believe that’: Chris Pratt calls teens to God with 9 epic rules for life at MTV Awards: CBN
- Surprise! Top Hollywood star stands up for God: Wnd.com