• Thomas Bonifield

Near Deadly Incident Restores Actor's Faith

Kristoffer Polaha recounts how an explosion paved the way for him to renew his relationship with God.

Kristoffer Polaha in a scene from "Run the Race."

Kristoffer Polaha, who plays a starring role in Run the Race, the faith-based film from executive producer and Christian athlete Tim Tebow, grew up in a Christian home. He fell away in his late teens, however, as we wrote about here.


Now he has shared the rest of his story in an interview on the The Billy & Justin Show podcast. Polaha was walking down a street in New York City with a friend when a building exploded, seriously injuring him. It could have been worse.

"The fire marshall in the emergency room [said], 'You guys should have been decapitated...you should not be here right now and the fact that you are is a miracle.'"

Leading up to that day, Polaha says the Lord had been "knocking on the door to my heart." This incident was obviously something altogether different.

"God kind of broke down the door in a way. All of the sudden my life wasn't my own anymore...I really truly think that I shouldn't be here."

His injuries were extensive, including 80-stitches worth to his face, which he feared would end his chances at an acting career. Clearly that turned out not to be the case, and it proves yet again that the Almighty works all things for the good of those who love him, as it says in Romans 8:28.


Polaha's latest film, Run the Race, has done well at the box office, bringing in $6.3 million. It is closing in on the end of its theatrical run, though, so you should catch it soon if you haven't already done so. And you can listen to his entire interview via this link to The Billy & Justin Show.

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