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The pastor of the Christian group that went viral when Rep. Ilhan OmarD-Minn., who criticized Les for singing worship songs on a plane trip after helping Ukrainian refugees, said the controversy he sparked was unintentional.
Jack Jensz Jr., an Australian-born pastor whose Philadelphia-based Kingdom Realm Ministries joined other faith groups earlier this month in offering humanitarian aid to Ukrainians, posted a TikTok video of the incident. the plane on April 9. He told the Christian Post he didn’t mean to “stir up anything” or get entangled in politics.
Omar tweeted Jensz’s video a week later over Easter weekend, writing, “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I’m on a plane. How do you think is this going to end?”
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Her comment drew backlash from many Republicans who attacked her for what they suggested was anti-Christian bigotry.
“It was actually just a message to share with our friends and to encourage our friends who followed our journey,” Jensz said.
“When [Omar] posted this, I just looked at it and didn’t really think about it. I didn’t really get into a political debate,” he continued. “For us, we just came to share God’s love, we just came to reveal to people that Jesus loves them so much, and it’s is our goal. Our goal was not a political program at all.”
Jensz captioned his TikTok videos with, “Worshipping Jesus from 30,000 feet in the air!” and “We’re taking this flight for Jesus!”
Jensz explained how the worship team got permission from the air host and pilot to sing their songs on the commercial flight from Poland, and that they wouldn’t have done it without it .
Jensz also described the devastation he and his fellow Christians saw while ministering in Ukraine.
“I’ve never seen anything like it!” he told. “Walking along the lines you have people throwing their kids at you saying, ‘Please take them’ and they’re just filled with great fear. These people have been driving for days to get themselves. to the border. These people are leaving war-torn. Areas where they even saw their homes bombed. They had to send their sons and fathers back to go to war, and it’s so devastating.
Jensz and his group came under fire from some on social media after Omar singled them out, but he noted he had seen religious displays on other flights he was on.
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“It happens quite often. I think we just shook the ground a bit because it was a worship song. So it’s very out there in that sense. But I think if you ask permission and that it is granted and what you have to say is encouraging and uplifting and brings hope and light, of course!… We live in a beautiful free country, and we are free to express what we believe and what we hold fast to in our hearts and whether it brings life.”
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