If you haven’t seen this, this is great. Star Lord…..er, Chris Pratt….whilst receiving an award on MTV proclaims the Gospel. In his acceptance speech, he gives what he calls “Nine Rules From Chris Pratt: Generation Award Winner.” Some of them are delightfully funny and others very important. As this is a theology blog, I’ll highlight the relevant ones below and you can watch the video for the rest.
2. You have a soul. Be careful with it.
6. God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that.
8. Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul.
9. 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 are willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. And like the freedom 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!
Now yes, he did stop just short of saying Jesus, but I think it was inferred well enough that most people could figure it out. And those that couldn’t, I would hope that it would get them asking the important questions that would lead them to Jesus. I think one thing that’s really important to note is that even though he did not call Jesus by name, he directly alluded to his shed blood on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. That’s so much more than you will generally hear most celebrities proclaim on the television or what have you. I for one am impressed.