Actor Chris Pratt delivered another inspirational acceptance speech at this year’s Teen Choice Awards.
Pratt and his co-star, Bryce Dallas Howard, were nominated for the Choice Summer Movie Actress and Actor award for their roles in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”
The Teen Choice Awards show is an annual award show covering all areas of pop culture, including movies, music, and television. The award show has aired since 1999 and is broadcast live for teens across the country to watch.
Pratt clearly saw the show as an opportunity to thank God on a large stage and maybe speak to young people who don’t believe.
“I am so thrilled to be here,” the actor told the crowd. “I have not been a teen for quite some time. I’m so thankful to be here. Thank you so much. This means a lot to me.”
Pratt accepted the award on behalf of his co-star, Howard, who was in London filming a different show.
“I know Bryce and I both have so much fun being a part of the ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Jurassic World’ franchise,” Pratt told the crowd of teenagers. “We make those movies just for you. I’m so glad you like them.”
“I want to thank God. I always do that when I’m up on a big platform in front of a bunch of young faces, I say I love God. That’s my thing. I love Him, and you should, too.”
The actor also took some time to thank his co-star actress, who joined him via video call during the show.
“The only thing better than running from dinosaurs is running from dinosaurs with Chris Pratt,” Howard said.
This is not the first time Pratt has used his platform to express his Christianity. He gave a passionate speech to the crowd at the MTV Movie & TV Awards when he accepted the Generation Award.
During that speech, Pratt also told the crowd that he believes in God and urged them to do the same.
“God is real. God loves you,” he said. “God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
Pratt also encouraged the crowd to take time to pray.
“It’s easy, and it’s so good for your soul,” he said.
Finally, Pratt reminded the crowd of the blessings of freedom and the gratitude we owe the men and women who protect it:
“You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are 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.”
The gracious speeches from Pratt are a welcomed change of pace from other vitriolic, hateful speeches given by other Hollywood elites.
Pratt’s warm, passionate speeches during award shows are an example of an actor using his or her platform to spread grace instead of division, love instead of hate.