“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt is one of the few Hollywood celebrities who are vocal about their faith, and in an interview with Page Six, Pratt expressed that his relationship and reliance on Jesus Christ is what helps him deal with those who are against his outspokenness about it.
“If I was of this world, they would love me just like that but as it is, I’ve chosen out of this world. That’s John 15:18 through 20,” Pratt said about Christian persecution.
This is a bold position for Pratt to take, considering how much he is in the public eye and how much of an anti-Christian bias permeates his industry.
In movies, Christians are often painted as villains. Just a few weeks ago "The Last of Us” series inserted a Christian character that turned out to be a cannibalistic pedophile. At recent awards shows, celebrities have been spotted dressing as or acting as Satan himself. We’re living in a godless nation and Hollywood is a prime example of that, so it’s not surprising that Pratt, being an outspoken Christian, has “haters,” as he called them.
“That’s the way it is, nothing new, 2,000 years ago they hated [Jesus], too,” he said.
While Pratt is a Christian who mostly stars in secular roles, a few weeks ago, “Hunger Games” star Alan Ritchson suggested that Christ-following Hollywood celebs should take it a step further when he encouraged the production of more faith-based films. He mentioned that regardless of where someone is when they hear the name of Christ, at least they’re hearing His name - even if it's in a movie theater.
“If that's where the pulpit is for people who wouldn't normally step foot in a church, then that's still a great way to have that conversation,” Ritchson told Christian Headlines.
As for Pratt, he revealed that his trick to deal with the haters was “just how you deal with anything."
"Like a rhino, stick your head down, you keep driving forward, you have thick skin and if anyone gets in your way, you stick the horn right up their ass!" he joked.
As Breitbart pointed out, Pratt has been bashed for his beliefs by numerous celebs. Actress Ellen Page, who now thinks she’s a man who goes by “Elliot Page,” once said Pratt’s “church is infamously anti lgbtq.” Similarly, actress Busy Philipps accused Pratt of treating his wife as one of his “possessions” merely because Pratt once said his wife’s heart “belongs” to him.
Luckily, it doesn’t seem like this name calling bothers Pratt, and he can thank the Lord for that!