An April 9 video of a man leading passengers in worship during a commercial flight has gone viral, drawing reactions from other Christians, Rep. Ilhan Omar and even the Church of Satan. Jack Jensz Jr., who posted the video to social media, gave further context for what happened after the incident received widespread praise and backlash.
“We are taking this flight over for Jesus!” says the description on the video Jensz posted to TikTok. The video features a man identified as Jonathan Neo playing the worship song, “How Great Is Our God,” in the middle of a flight while passengers participate, record the moment on their phones or simply observe.
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Jensz wrote in the caption on Instagram, “Worshipping our King Jesus 30,000 feet in the air!” However, not everyone in the video appears enthusiastic about the worship, particularly a man wearing a teal and blue plaid shirt seated next to Neo. And while many have praised what happened, the post has received quite a bit of criticism from Christians and non-Christians alike.
Jack Jensz Jr.’s Video Divides Viewers
Jack Jensz Jr. is the founder of prayer and healing ministry, Kingdom Realm Ministries, whose website appears to be under construction. According to his Facebook page, Jensz attended the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, and he describes himself on TikTok as a “Preacher of the Gospel.” Jensz and his team have been doing ministry and providing aid in Ukraine, and they reportedly led in-flight worship on an EasyJet flight, likely somewhere over Europe.
Jensz’s post drew mixed reactions on Instagram. “So bold! Blessings!!” said one user. “Dream team!” said another. But another person asked, “How would you guys feel if Twin Temple performed on the plane (if you have no idea who they are, their music is ‘Satanic Doo Wop’)? Would you guys appreciate that? I doubt it. Neither is it appreciative disrupting others who just wanna relax before they arrive to their destination…I don’t care what someone’s faith is. Just don’t be so obnoxious about it.”
Facebook users’ responses were also varied. Some of the positive comments included, “Love this!!!!!”, “Praise God!” and “Love you bro! This is fire.” Someone who disapproved said, “This is not how you win people to Christ. This is gross and invasive.”
User Raelyn Meader said, ”This is unacceptable. How would you feel if Muslims started praying in the aisles? Not happy, I’d bet. I would have demanded my money back if I were on this flight. Those passengers weren’t there asking for your guidance and wisdom. Have some respect.”
Meader was not the only person to speculate how people would be reacting had a Muslim led the plane in worship. Ilhan Omar, who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and who is Muslim, tweeted the video, saying, “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?”
Omar’s tweet has drawn criticism from several Republican candidates, some of whom have accused her of hating Christianity.