I know Star-Lord helped beat some pretty bad dudes as the god-spawn/leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but he’s got nothing on the man who plays him. It appears that Chris Pratt is truly the hero we need, if not the hero we deserve.
What we deserve is CNN, under the banner of “Happy Father’s Day!”, telling us that a woman who gives birth and breastfeeds her baby should suddenly be called a dad.
Or a Democratic congressional candidate saying she felt the same way after President Trump’s election victory as she did after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Or the fact that Congress has been forced to act to stop the importation of child sex robots.
We deserve all of that, because we have fallen so very far from God.
Yet there was Pratt, at the theological hotbed that is the MTV Movie Awards, nonetheless being a good and faithful servant and in his own way going to Nineveh. Despite his fame and money, he chose to testify to a world awash in sin that there is a wonderful light in the darkness, and the darkness shall not overcome it.
Upon receiving the “Generation” award from MTV, Pratt offered advice to the young people in the audience that, although sandwiched around nuggets of wisdom like what to do when you have to poop at a party, is about the closest thing we have to St. Paul in this decadent culture.
He went to the people. He was bold. He made the main thing the main thing. Trigger alert: It was awesome.
Among his thoughts:
“You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
“Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong, be a protector, and if you’re 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.”
“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 is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
“Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it’s so good for your soul.”
“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. 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.”
Many have already commented on how refreshing it was for Pratt to do what he did in front of an audience that was no doubt tethered to the politically correct pagan shibboleths, so what is there left to say?
Well, in the wake of Pew poll findings that show Americans across the political spectrum are having a hard time telling the difference – or perhaps even wanting to know the difference – between factual and fake news, Pratt offers the only sustainable solution for what ails us.
Until we anchor ourselves in God, we will always fall for counterfeits of all shapes and sizes. And after we fall for them long enough, we will prefer them. And after we prefer them, we will idolize them. And after we idolize them, we will demonize those who think differently. And when we will do that, we will increasingly think ourselves perfect by comparison because, for example, we are on the right side of history or we are the people we’ve been waiting for.
Pratt shows us a better way. Humility. Order. Love. A voice crying out in the wilderness to the next generation of souls.
When was the last time you said half as much to a soul who needed to hear it? Let Pratt be your model, and go and do likewise.