Christian pastor at center of Ilhan Omar dig responds, explains real focus behind singing on plane

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According to Pastor Jack Jensz Jr. of the Kingdom Realm Ministries, he hadn’t meant to stir up controversy when he’d posted a since-viral video of himself singing Christian worship songs aboard a plane.

“I didn’t post it to stir anything up. It was actually just a post to share with our friends and encourage our friends that have been following our journey,” the Australian-born pastor told The Christian Post in an interview late last week.

Similarly, he hasn’t taken offense to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar posting a tweet crying foul over the video.

“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. 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,” he explained.

As previously reported, the video prompted Omar into posting a tweet suggesting that she and her family wouldn’t be able to get away with performing an Islamic “prayer session” aboard a commercial flight.

Critics clapped back by arguing that actually yes, she probably would be allowed to perform an Islamic “prayer session” on … a chartered flight.

The Democrat lawmaker’s mistake had been assuming the flight was public. It certainly was not. Instead it was a chartered flight transporting volunteers back from Ukraine.

“We were on a flight with our team coming back from helping the Ukrainian Refugees at the Ukrainian border. Over the last month we have been giving humanitarian aid, food and praying with the beautiful people of Ukraine,” according to an Instagram post published by Jensz after his original post went viral.

“We were filled with thanksgiving of what God did in our time there. Our heart was to bring joy and hope as there is so much pain with what’s going on in this world. We went up to the air host and shared with her what we were doing in Ukraine and asked if it’s ok if we sing 1 song to bring hope and joy to this flight.”

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“There were many Ukrainians on this flight. She was happy and said this would be great! She then asked the pilot, the pilot and all the air hosts were 100% in agreement (If they said no, We would of honored that!). They even made an announcement to all passengers letting them know who we are and what we did in Ukraine and introduced us and allowed us to get the guitar out! People then clapped and welcomed us,” Jensz’ update post continues.

“We then got up and sang the song ‘How great is our God’. We were up for 3-4 minutes. People were filming and smiling. People were truly touched by what we were singing. Once we were done everyone clapped and thanked us and we sat back down. The Air host came over and thanked us and we received many thank you’s as people got off the plane.”


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Speaking with The Christian Post, Jensz said nobody complained about the performance. If anything, everybody, including the Ukrainian refugees who were also aboard the plane, was touched by the act.

“As we sang it, we saw people smiling, some people even crying, they were touched. We had people filming on their phones. It was a real joyful moment on the plane. No one said anything negative, no one stood up [against it], everyone was there enjoying. It was just a beautiful time, and it seemed like everyone was truly blessed,” he explained.

Yet when the clip went viral, it triggered an outpouring of hate that continues to bubble throughout social media, including on Jensz’ Instagram.

Case in point:

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It fits into a pattern of growing anti-Christian hatred in America, not that Jensz is sweating any of it. In fact, speaking with the Post, he even debunked Omar’s dubious talking point.

“I’ve been on flights where you have a Muslim or Islamic person come up, and they’ll share and they’ll pray. I’ve been on flights where they pray before we take off. Even had Jewish people that will stand up and they’ll pray. It happens quite often,” he said.

He added 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,” then what’s the problem?

“We live in a beautiful, free country, and we’re free to express what we believe and what we stand firm on in our heart and if that’s bringing life,” he said.

Plus, there are far bigger problems in the world to worry about than social media haters.

“I’ve never seen anything like this! Walking down the lines, you have people throwing their children at you saying, ‘Please take them,’ and they’re just filled with great fear,” he said, describing his time in Ukraine.

“These people have driven days to get to the border. These people are leaving war-torn areas where they’ve even seen their houses bombed. They’ve had to send their sons and fathers back in to fight the war, and so it’s just so devastating.”


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