Recently, Chris Pratt gave an acceptance speech at the MTV awards which included helpful tips and spoke about God. Let me preface with the fact that I like Chris Pratt! I can appreciate his acting & humor, and that he was willing to speak about God in his acceptance speech. But, we have to point out somethings out here. One thing I noticed was there wasn’t any push back from the liberal Hollywood elite, but in fact was applauded! Why? The reason no one pushed back is because it came off as a universal view of God, prayer, and grace. It wasn’t confrontational!
In addition, it led to some reinforce the false beliefs they already have. Someone named Jacob Denhollander declared, “Actor Chris Pratt’s speech at the MTV Awards was clearer on the Gospel than Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the Southern Baptist Convention.” Again, not bashing Chris Pratt, not bashing Jacob Denhollander, and not elevating Mike Pence. But this is just one example of how confused our world, and quite frankly those in the faith are about the gospel.
Here are the pertinent remarks.
“Number six: God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
“Number eight: Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul.
“And finally, number nine: Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are—you’re not! You are imperfect. You always will be. But, there is 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.
It sounds good, right? God is love, and we just need to love others. That’s right; isn’t it? No, it’s not. Because, it’s a mixture of truth, and ambiguity. Yes, God is real, and He loves humanity, but saying “He wants the best for you” can be deceiving. (John 3:16) (Matthew 16:24-25) Not saying Chris Pratt is trying to deceive people, but the phrase does. Next, prayer is good, but pray to who & for what purpose? The God of the Bible, Allah, The Universe? (Matthew 6:5-13). Lastly, yes we are imperfect. But, it is so much more serious than that. We are spiritually dead apart from Christ! Also, we were not created imperfect by a “powerful force.” God created us to be good, and sin corrupted His creation including us. The problem is sin. (Genesis 1-3). And accepting that we are imperfect is not the gift of grace. It doesn’t allow for us to receive forgiveness, peace, joy, and eternal life. But, He like many in our current culture didn’t do that. So people heard it, walked away feeling good, and affirmed in their incomplete and/or false view of God.
This is an example of why it is so important for us to read the Scriptures, and to have a clear understanding of the gospel! So that we can remind ourselves, and communicate accurately to others. This is what humanity is in desperate need of. We don’t need a seminary degree to accomplish this. Just some diligence.