Christian actor Chris Pratt has responded to actress Ellen Page’s shaming of his attendance at Hillsong Church in Los Angeles, California.
Page attacked Pratt’s presence at Hillsong Church in a recent tweet because the church is “anti-LGBTQ,” according to Page.
What did she say, anyway?
On Saturday, Page wrote, “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.”
The previous Thursday, Pratt appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” where he openly discussed his faith.
During the show, the “Lego Movie” actor conveyed some advice given to him by his pastor.
Pratt told Colbert, “If the spotlight that is shining on you is brighter than the light that’s within you, it will kill you.”
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So how did Pratt respond to Page’s attack?
Pratt responded in a loving manner and pointed directly to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In an Instagram Stories video, Pratt wrote, “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 continued. “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,” Pratt wrote. “It is what I’ve seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender.”
He added, “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.”
The actor wrote, “Jesus said ‘I give you a new command, love one another.'”
“This,” he concluded, “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.”
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