A video of Christians worshiping on an airplane circulated online as it garnered various opinions. Although the gesture was pure intentions, different people commented on it as “forced” and “disturbing”. But, the pastor responded with grace and revealed the truth behind their radical expression of faith.
Viral video of Christians on flight
Pastor Jack Jensz Jr., founder and president of Kingdom Realm Ministries, shared a video response and explained the moments before leading to the beautiful time on the plane.
He and his team were flying from the Ukrainian border, where they ministered and gave humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian refugees. Over the last month, they witnessed how God showed up amid the country’s crucial times.
In a Christian Post interview, he said, “We actually saw healings and miracles. Multiple people received healing in their bodies, and it was beautiful. It’s like God was kissing them, saying, ‘I’m with you, and I’m for you, and I love you’ by healing their body. It was incredible!”
The decision to sing on the plane came because they wanted to continue to bless the people. “We decided, ‘How awesome would it be if we could just bless these people with a song,” he said. “And bring hope and joy to this flight as so many people are in such a devastating place..?'”
What really happened
So, they introduced themselves to the air host and requested permission to sing a song “to bring joy and hope to the flight.”
Jensz explained that if the pilot and the air hosts would have said no, they would have honored it. But, all of them agreed.
They were then welcomed with applause from the passengers as the flight attendant announced their presentation. The team sang “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin. People were smiling and filming as they watched along. There were even some who got emotional and cried. He said, “It was just a beautiful time, and it seemed like everyone was truly blessed.”
The air hosts and passengers even came to them with thanks after landing.
Singing Worship on airplane
Their video clip went viral after Muslim US Representative Ilhan Omar shared the video with the caption, “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane. How do you think it will end?”
It uproared commenters saying the event was “forcing everyone to listen to worship music against their will.”
But, to Jensz and the team, the worship time was an opportunity to share with people the love of Jesus.
When asked if singing Christian songs on a plane is encouraged, Jensz replied, “I think that if you ask for permission and it’s granted. And what you have to say is encouraging and uplifting and brings hope and light, sure! … We live in a beautiful, free country, and we’re free to express what we believe and what we stand firm on in our hearts and if that’s bringing life.”
And to the negative backlash, he shared that if Jesus and his disciples were persecuted, it is also expected of all followers of Christ.