Throughout his career, and especially during the past year, Pratt has been vocal about his stong Christian faith. Last week, Pratt was promoting his upcoming movie on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when he said "If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that’s within you, it will kill you."
In response, the famously Leftist actress Ellen Page called out Pratt on Twitter. In one tweet she said "Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?" Page also tweeted "If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all."
Pratt, along with many other celebrities, attends Hillsong Church, which was founded in Australia, but has locations in New York City and Los Angeles. The church has come under fire from many on the Left after the leader of the NYC branch, Carl Lentz, said in 2015 that homosexual behavior is a sin. Brian Houston, the worldwide leader of the church also denounced a wedding between two of the church's male choir members.
Taking to Instagram, Pratt defended his church and his religious beliefs from Page's attacks.
The text of Pratt's statement said:
It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which hates a certain group of people and is "infamously anti-LGBTQ." Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.
Despite what the Bible says about my divorce, my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk. They helped me tremendously offering their love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender.
My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people. My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.
He also included a quote from Jesus: "I give you a new command, love one another," which the actor said "guides me in my life." And he concluded "He is a God of Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world."
It's easy for Hollywood stars to let stardom go to their head, and become examples of selfishness and materialism. It also seems that every actor becomes a mouthpiece for Leftist culture, or stays silent if they disagree. Regardless of what you think about his acting, or his personal beliefs, it's reassuring to see a mega-star like Chris Pratt unapologetically defend and promote Christianity.