Chris Pratt MTV Awards
Chris Pratt talks about God and gets 30 million views
Pratt, who recently starred in Jurassic World and Infinity War, got spiritual with fans at the MTV awards as he shared 9 rules for life.
In his acceptance speech for the Generation Award, he took the opportunity to share 9 tips that ranged from goofy and silly to serious points about his faith.
Along with tips for stealthily using the bathroom at parties and sneaking medicine into a dog’s food, he also told his fans that God exists, that they have a soul, that they should pray and that there's grace for our imperfections.
You can watch the full speech in the video above embedded from MTV’s YouTube channel.
While we want to be very careful of holding others up on pedestals, Pratt has taken a bold step in sharing his faith and what he said has been widely shared on social media.
Ideas for youth groups, RE classes or chatting with friends
Here are a few thoughts about how you could use the MTV video in a youth group context, an RE lesson or in conversation with friends.
1) Elaborate on grace and blood
In his ninth point, Pratt mentions that grace is a gift. He goes on to say “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.”
To look at the connection between grace and blood you could take a look at Ephesians 1:7:
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” NLT
This verse helps to show the link between grace and blood as it outlines that God’s forgiveness and freedom are offered to us completely out of God’s kindness and grace. It didn’t cost us, we couldn’t have bought our freedom or earned our forgiveness, instead, it was only possible through the blood of Jesus his Son.
Discuss with friends or your youth group how Jesus’ blood purchases our freedom.
2) Discuss what it means to be imperfect
In Pratt’s last point he says, “Nobody is perfect - people are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are - you’re not! You are imperfect”.
Popular phrases like ‘Be who you are’ or songs like ‘This is me’ from The Greatest Showman encourage us to ignore our failings, horrid thoughts and our hurtful actions. Our culture is so quick to affirm that we are fine how we are.
In a youth group or with friends you could discuss what Chris might have meant when he said that humans are imperfect. You could discuss sin and explain what the Bible says about sin.
Verses such as these from Romans might be particularly helpful:
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard
As the Scriptures say,
“No one is righteous - not even one.
No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God.
All have turned away; all have become useless.
No one does good, not a single one.”
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
3) Discuss Christian themes in Avengers: Infinity War
You could discuss the theme of salvation which runs through one of the movies in which Chris Pratt recently starred. We’ve created a video essay about Avengers: Infinity War which looks at gospel themes in the movie. This, alongside the MTV video, could make the basis for an interesting discussion with young people.
With special thanks to Rachel Shannon and Abi Spear for contributing to this article