Actor Christ Pratt accepted the MTV Movie & TV Awards’ Generation Award Monday night and then proceeded to list “nine rules” to live by – four of which mentioned his Christian faith. He even referenced Christ’s atonement.
“God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that — I do,” he said to applause.
The actor known for his roles in Parks and Recreation, Jurassic World, and the Guardians of the Galaxy series has a Christian background. He “gave his soul to Jesus” and worked for Jews for Jesus at age 19, he told Esquire in 2014. He discusses his faith frequently.
His MTV acceptance speech rotated between serious topic and off-color humor – a trait of his. “This being the generation award, I’m going to cut to the chase and I’m going to speak to you, the next generation,” he said, looking at the camera and to a laughing audience.
He then gave his “nine rules from Christ Pratt.”
Following are his “nine rules.”
1. “Breathe. If you don’t, you will suffocate.”
2. “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
3. “Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong, be a protector, and if you are 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.”
4. “When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger. They won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
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.”
6. “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that — I do.” – said to loud applause.
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 the pee out first. OK? 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, and then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me. It’s science.”
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 [that] you’re perfect just the way that you are. You’re not. You’re 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.”
He ended by telling the audience: “God bless you.”