After coming under attack by disgruntled actress Ellen Page, Christian actor Chris Pratt turned the other cheek in a response that was all class.
Page initiated the event by tweeting her criticism of Pratt for attending Hillsong Church, because she believes the church to be anti-LGBTQ.
Pratt responded to the allegations with an Instagram Stories post. The response is magnificent, not only does it dispel the notion of bigotry that Page asserted but it also offers more meaningful advice in how people should view the religious affiliations of others.
Pratt begins: “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.” He continues, “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone. Despite what the Bible says about divorce, my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk.”
“They helped me tremendously offering love and support,” he wrote. “It is what I’ve seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender.”
Pratt also offered this sagely insight, “My faith is important to me, but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people. My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.”
He stated that, “Jesus said ‘I give you a new command, love one another.'”
“This,” Pratt said in closing, “is what guides me in my life. He is a God of love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world.”