Actor Uses Platform to Share Jesus
Actor Uses Platform to Share Jesus
Whether on his Instagram live show or on on the silver screen, actor Kristoffer Polaha is determined to remind people of Jesus.
From Movieguide. While many know actor Kristoffer Polaha for his roles in popular movies like WHERE HOPE GROWS, a string of Hallmark movies, and his new role in the upcoming JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION, he recently started a new live show called the Polaha Chautauqua.
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Polaha said that he started the Instagram Live videos at the start of the pandemic to offer people a form of community.
“It was in response to isolation basically,” he told Movieguide®. “It was at the very beginning of the pandemic, in the quarantine. I think we were a week into it. Everybody was afraid. The world was terrified. You turn on the news, and it was fear mongering… I was curious, what was being manipulated and what was actually really happening and I just wanted to take a pulse….”
Polaha said that while he thinks that his resume as an actor drew people in, they soon realized that his show was not about him….
Polaha, who is open about his Christian faith, said that he wanted the segment to welcome believers and nonbelievers to discuss various topics like race, religion, and current events….
“I’m a Christian and I believe in the Christian narrative, but a lot of my listeners and viewers may not,” he added. “I’m talking about it in a way that is saying, ‘Look at look, this is my POV. This is how I see the world. And when things happen to me, this is how I get through those things. And this is what it means to be in relationship with God. It’s something that is completely Holy Spirit driven.”
Whether for an audience of 200 or a role in a blockbuster movie, Polaha said that his faith motivates his decisions.
“Some scripts I’ll read and they’re just too dark, they make your soul sick a little bit,” he said. “But then there might be a script that’s dark but it’s directed by somebody who’s just an amazing artist. If I have a chance to work with that person I’m like, ‘Yeah, let’s go for it because I want to become better as an actor.’
“[God] designed me to be an actor and to be a storyteller,” he added. “Sometimes that means acting in a film with a Christian message for Christians, and sometimes that means being a light in really dark places, almost like a missionary, where you’re gonna be this one character in a movie that’s otherwise kind of dark. But people are like, ‘Why is that character so joyful? Like, what was it about that character? And then what was it about the actor that played him? And what’s going on there? And how do you draw people?’”
Polaha said that his view of acting changed in the past few years after he realized how he could use his gift as an actor to reach people with the hope of Jesus Christ….
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(Excerpt from Movieguide. Photo Credit: Photo by Krists Luhaers on Unsplash)
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