A Christian pastor who went viral after he was recorded leading worship songs on an airplane mid-flight says he had no political agenda as some have suggested.
The video of Pastor Jack Jensz Jr. gained even more traction after it was shared on Twitter by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who said, “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?” — suggesting that she would have been pilloried for doing the same thing as a Muslim.
Others critics of the video say the singing was forced on everyone else on board who had to listen to Christian worship songs against their will.
“I didn’t post it to stir anything up,” the Australian-born pastor said 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 [Omar] 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.”
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? pic.twitter.com/5696Erwsl5
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 17, 2022
“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?'”
In his own caption of the video, Jensz wrote, “We are taking this flight over for Jesus!”
Later in the interview, Jensz said he believes the criticism is what’s expected as a follower of Christ. “They persecuted Jesus and persecuted the disciples. This is the cost,” Jensz said.