Actor Chris Pratt is using criticism of his church as an opportunity to remind people that having different beliefs does not automatically mean there is hatred toward those you disagree with.
Pratt has been known for being outspoken about his faith, but actress Ellen Page recently called him out for attending Hillsong Church.
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
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 9, 2019
Pratt then posted on Instagram stories to defend his church.
“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,” said Pratt. “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
The reason for the criticism was that the leaders of Hillsong church have denounced homosexuality as a sin. However, this aligns with Christian beliefs and Pratt went on to point out that the church is called to love others, despite their sin.
“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,” said Pratt. “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.”
As IJR has previously reported, Pratt has spoken out on his faith multiple times during awards shows. Pratt ended his response with similar words, saying that his God calls him to love and not hate others.
"God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do"
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“He is a God of Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world,” Pratt said.