It’s a very sad day when someone is attacked by the masses for asking folks to help pray for someone recovering from an illness. But that’s precisely what happened to Chris Pratt after he asked people to help pray for a director that he admired that suffered a massive heart attack.
It’s a shame atheists or agnostics feels they have a right to share their mocking opinions when someone asks for prayers.
The 38-year-old Guardians of the Galaxy star who has made it quite clear about his Christian beliefs shared the prayer request for director Kevin Smith.
Smith who is hospitalized tweeted Monday morning that he had a “massive” heart attack and almost died Sunday night. Smith is known for his low budget hit “Clerks.”
Chriss tweeted, “Kevin we don’t know each other too good, but I have loved you since Clerks, and I’m praying my ass off for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer. Can you please pray with me people!”
Chris continued, “Praying for you. I will continue to. You inspired me with Clerks when I was a senior HS. I’m tagging my Lb/rb football coach who showed me the movie cause he believed in me and knew I’d be inspired.”
But some followers compared Chris’s request for “thoughts and prayers” being empty just like the politicians following the recent Parkville High School shooting.
“WTF is praying going to do?” wrote one commenter. “Wise up! He’s in hospital, science is the best place for him, diet change and exercise. Not random thoughts by you or anyone else.”
“Healing power of prayer? This is a parody right?” wrote another.
Then there were those who came in defense of Chris.
“These comments to your prayer request are awful. Prayers are a beautiful thing,” wrote lifestyle blogger Vera Sweeney. “I don’t know how this country lost that notion. When did we lose respect for one another’s beliefs? What happened to tolerance?”
“I’m not tweeting this to defend Chris – he’s a big boy and can take care of himself,” Gunn wrote in a series of nine tweets. “But for me, personally, prayer and meditation are great boons to my life and help me navigate my way through this world, and I don’t want to dissuade others who find those things useful.”
James Gunn addressed those who were against “prayers and thoughts.”
Gunn tweeted, “So I just read Chris Pratt’s tweet to Kevin Smith saying he would pray for him & made the mistake of reading the comments, many of which go off on Chris for saying he’d pray. I think people misunderstand the backlash against “thoughts & prayers.”
“There is nothing wrong with sending someone positive thoughts & prayers. But when this is coupled with inaction when action will benefit the situation, it’s empty” Gunn continued.
Then he tweeted, “If you’re offering Parkland shooting survivors prayers, but are unwilling to deal with the problems of gun violence in this country in a practical way, those prayers are empty.”
Then followed, “And if you’re going to offer prayers to the folks suffering in Puerto Rico, you might consider adding a link for a donation or calling on your representatives to take action, in addition to those prayers. Prayers alone will not change the world.”
“But no one expects Chris Pratt to shoulder doctors out of the way and perform heart surgery on Kevin Smith. Nor does Kevin need Chris to pay his medical bills. So I think his prayers are appreciated, and about all he can do” added Gunn.
“I’m not tweeting this to defend Chris – he’s a big boy and can take care of himself. But for me, personally, prayer and meditation are great boons to my life and help me navigate my way through this world, and I don’t want to dissuade others who find those things useful” Gunn continued.
Next Gunn wrote, “I honestly would not be doing what I’m doing in either my career, or in speaking out on political matters, if I wasn’t led there through prayers and meditation. I feel lucky to have these tools.”
Then Gunn explains how praying isn’t for everyone. ” I don’t think that means YOU need to pray. I don’t. There are many ways to navigate this life. Mine is only one of them. Prayer isn’t for everyone but, in the face of helplessness, it’s often meant as an acknowledgment that one cares (and we all care about
Then he finished with, “If I am ever sick I will gratefully accept any of your thoughts and prayers. And will not be as grateful for some random fan knocking down my doctor and performing his own brand of kick-ass surgery on me. Love to you all. Have a great week.”
It’s good that Gunn explained the situation in concrete terms. If it were left up to Chris Pratt he probably would have bitten his tongue and not asked for prayers again. In other words, Chris needs to be a little sterner with antagonists.