People Will Tell You, “You’re Perfect Just the Way You Are.” You’re Not!

“People will tell you, ‘you’re perfect just the way you are.’ You’re not!”chris pratt bryce dallas howard mtv movie tv awards 2018 154104003

Actor Chris Pratt delivered this line as a part of his acceptance speech during the MTV movie and TV awards this past June. (You might be familiar with him from his roles in the latest Jurassic Park movies or the Guardians of the Galaxy).

Out of context, this line might seem like a strange thing to include in an acceptance speech. But, believe it or not, Chris was actually speaking about his faith. He went on to explain that, in our imperfectness, God delivers grace, which was paid for by someone else’s blood.

He’s right! And he makes a great point.

The world wants us to believe that we are perfect just the way we are. Society teaches us to accept our uniqueness, embrace it, and celebrate it. We must not view any personality  trait or mindset as wrong or flawed, but always as beautiful and right.

The truth is, that’s just wrong.


Because nobody is perfect. We are all flawed.

But let’s just say, for a moment, that people actually are perfect. If we are all perfect, then we must be able to solve all problems, create only good things, and ensure our own ticket to heaven. If we are perfect just the way we are, we don’t need forgiveness, we don’t need grace, and we don’t need Jesus.

Youth are taught that they are perfect just the way they are. Well then, how are they supposed to feel when they actually do mess something up and can’t fix it? If they are supposed to be perfect, but can’t live up to those standards, wouldn’t that false notion actually lead them to feelings of negativity, insufficiency, and even worthlessness? It can! The “gospel” of individual perfection is not good news at all.

That’s why we need to teach our kids that they are imperfect. They will mess up and make mistakes. You see, it is only in this imperfect nature that the need for Jesus becomes so obvious, and necessary. And this is where we can uplift our children with the real gospel.

No one is perfect. We need help; we need a Savior. Jesus is there! When we fail, he lifts us up. When we are sorry, he forgives us. When we pray, he hears us. And when he died, he buried our sins in the grave and gave us new life when he resurrected.

In our imperfection, there is hope! That’s the real message we need to be instilling: “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“People will tell you, ‘you’re perfect just the way you are.’ You’re not!”

No, we are not. We need help. Praise be to God that he came, he conquered, and he saves!


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