Chris Pratt is now a big star, just the wrong kind. Once he opened up about his faith, the usual suspects began to sling their arrows.
On Christmas Day, TV Guide published an article on the popular actor, titled “How to Love Chris Pratt Without Hating Yourself.” After listing some of Pratt’s many professional accomplishments and acknowledging his meteoric ascent, the author lamented, “And yet: despite all this, Pratt remains the most complicated and divisive of the (many famous young actors named Chris). When you take a deeper look at Pratt the man and not necessarily Pratt the actor, some of the shine wears off. Although he can be as funny offscreen as he is on … it’s impossible to ignore some problematic aspects of his life offscreen.” Though the writer didn’t directly attack Pratt’s Christianity, she ticked off a series of silly non-sins for which he should be shamed, such as his hunting habits, an allegedly insensitive Instagram post about raising lambs to eat them, giving away the family’s cat before having children, and another Instagram post that supposedly offended the hearing-impaired community because he told his followers to “turn up the volume” and not just “read the subtitles.”
So who really has the problem, Chris Pratt or such people writing about him? Who is really showing their ignorance, bigotry and “hate”(I use this word simply to mock a popular, and stupid, claim for mind reading). Did you ever read 1984? What were some of the slogans of the Ministry of Truth? The Ministry of Truth (had) three slogans: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. The critics lambasting Chris Pratt and other Christians who mostly try to live up to the gospel consider themselves the “great and the good”, as they advance their own “ministry of truth.” Really, who gave you the right to pass judgement on those with higher standards than you, or anyone for that matter?
“Diverse weights, and divers measures, Both of them are alike abomination to the Lord” (Prov. 20:10). “Thou shalt not have in thy bag diverse weights, a great and a small. Thou shalt not have in thine house diverse measures, a great and a small. But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Deut. 25:13–15). In ancient times, the only way a customer would know if they were actually getting the amount they had paid for was by trusting the standardized weights used by the merchant. If a merchant wanted to cheat his customers, he would have a set of weights for poor people who couldn’t afford their own set of weights, and another set, an accurate one, for rich people, who usually had their own sets of weights.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:1–5). Probably the most misinterpreted and misquoted of all of Jesus’ commands. He is actually saying two things: judge rightly, by judging yourself first (casting the beam out of your own eye), and you will be judged by the same standards you have judged others. The common misquote is leaving out everything but the first sentence, and the common misinterpretation is “don’t judge anyone else.”
“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things” (Rom. 2:1). Paul is saying most people are hypocritical judges, in that they are guilty of the offenses for which they judge others. The sins of others are so much clearer than our own, especially when they are the same as our own.
I like old saying, “every time you point a finger at someone else, there are three pointing back at you. Go ahead and point your index finger, while curling the others. It isn’t Chris Pratt with the problem.