Chris Pratt is all about love.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star addressed his church amid the controversy surrounding the institution’s alleged anti-LGBTQ behaviour.
“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ.’ Nothing could be further from the truth,” Pratt wrote on his Instagram Story. “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,” he continued. “They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.”
Pratt’s statement comes after Canadian actress Ellen Page condemned Stephen Colbert for not questioning Pratt on “The Late Show” about Hillsong Church’s stance regarding the LGBTQ community. “His church is infamously anti LGBTQ so maybe address that too?” she tweeted on Feb. 7.
“My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life,” Pratt recently wrote, “and I am not a spokesman for any church or 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 judgement of their fellow man.”
“Jesus said ‘I give you a new command, love one another.’ This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness,” the actor concluded. “Hate has no place in my or this world.”
Pratt recently lent his voice to “The Lego Movie 2: The Second One”. You can next see him opposite Dane DeHaan and Ethan Hawke in “The Kid” and in the highly anticipated “Avengers: Endgame”.