(CP) A video posted by Pastor Jack Jensz Jr. of his ministry team worshiping aboard an airplane in mid-flight has amassed over 35 million views online — but the reason they were on the plane in the first place is the real star of the show.
The clip posted on April 6 of people from Kingdom Realm Ministries and other churches worldwide singing “How Great Is Our God” during a commercial flight out of Poland gained traction after Muslim U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., posted the clip on her Twitter page Saturday. She included the caption, “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane.”
Her comments were criticized by some Republican politicians, such as Vernon Jones, a former Democrat who is running to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, who suggested Omar’s comments were hateful toward Christians.
Others criticized the worshippers, claiming the event was invasive and forced everyone else on board to listen to music praising God against their will.
Jensz said the impromptu worship moment was not a part of “a political agenda at all.”
“I didn’t post it to stir anything up,” the Australian-born pastor shared in an interview with The Christian Post. “It was actually just a post to share with our friends and encourage our friends that have been following our journey.”
“When she posted that, I just looked at it and I didn’t really give it too much thought. I didn’t really enter into any political debate,” he continued. “For us, we just came to share the love of God, we came just to reveal to people that Jesus loves them so much, and that’s our focus. Our focus wasn’t a political agenda at all.”
The minister captioned the video, “We are taking this flight over for Jesus!”
The video showed a guitar player leading a group of people in worship to the popular Chris Tomlin song. Many passengers joined in and filmed the event that lasted a few minutes as others sat in silence.
The song came on the heels of Jensz and his team being spiritually high because of what they saw God do while serving at the Ukrainian border. He said the plane ride came after their time in Ukraine, and it was their way of keeping hope going.
“We were with our team. We’re flying away from Ukraine to another place to have a meeting. We had 10 members of our team on the plane, and we’ve been worshiping and praying for people all over the place,” he explained. “We decided, ‘How awesome would it be if we could just bless these people with a song and bring hope and joy to this flight as so many people are in such a devastating place in pain and suffering?'”
They approached the air host and shared what they were doing in Ukraine and asked permission to sing worship music in an attempt to…
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