from our partnerFaithwire
written byTré Goins-Phillips
Chris Pratt is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, which makes him one of the world’s most visible Christians.
During a recent interview with The Associated Press, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star said he doesn’t believe Tinseltown is as opposed to Christianity as some might assume—or even experience. In fact, he said his fellow celebrities haven’t been judgmental of his religious convictions.
“I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case,” Pratt said. “They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro-whatever is authentic to you.”
“I like that,” he continued, “because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face.”
The well-known actor conceded people might be talking about him behind his back, but told them to “go ahead” if they are, because he just doesn’t care. Regardless of what others might say about his faith in Jesus Christ, Pratt said he’s “not going to change.”
Though the world might seem in something of an upheaval right now—particularly when it comes to politics—Pratt said he’s not motivated by the division. Instead, he told the AP he’s just “feeling called” to speak out about his Christian faith.
“That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed,” he explained. “And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about that. I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’”
Pratt added, “That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.”
The “Passengers” actor has been very outspoken about his religious beliefs recently. In mid-August, when he accepted the award for Choice Movie Actor at the Teen Choice Awards, Pratt declared, “I love God and you should, too.”
He told those listening that God “wants the best for you.”
And in June, when Pratt won the MTV “Generation Award,” he said, “You have a soul. Be careful with it.” He also told the audience that God “is real” and “loves you.”