A video of a group of people singing Christian worship music on an airplane has gone viral, sparking considerable debate on social media.
According to TMZ, the video comes from a Facebook post by Jack Jensz Jr., who appears to be a pastor. Jensz is one of the founders of Kingdom Realm Ministries.
While the original post has since been deleted, numerous reposts are taking over the web. A repost by Twitter user @davenewworld_2 currently has over 18.6 million views.
The video shows two people singing Christian songs in the aisles of an EasyJet flight. Other people on the seats can be seen singing.
It’s unclear when this video was taken, but Jack Jensz Jr. posted the same video to his Instagram page on April 9th.
“#Jesus is taking over this flight,” he wrote in the video’s caption. Comments for this post have been disabled.
TMZ reports that Jensz Jr. and Kingdom Realm Ministries appear to have traveled around Europe to support refugees from Ukraine.
This is confirmed in several Instagram posts by Jack’s wife Lilly.
In one post, both Lilly and Jack are seen handling a large amount of food they are said to be collecting for refugees from eastern Ukraine.
“Church, because of your generosity, we were able to deliver a van full of medicine, food and hygiene items to two pastors who are hosting refugees in their towns from eastern Ukraine, and to help their congregation and town as products are now unavailable in their area,” writes them in the caption. “You were blown away by your generosity!”
“We continue to pray for Ukraine and do what we can to help,” she concludes.
However, it also appears that the group’s in-flight singing may not have been a one-off event.
Traffic sermons are a topic for the group. In another Instagram post, Jack says a family “made a decision to follow Jesus while the gospel was being preached on the train!”
The couple also posted a video of one of their gospels on the train.
“During one of the Alter Calls, the Lord completely healed a woman of abdominal and back pain,” Jack claims in the video’s caption.
While the charity of Jack and the Kingdom Realm Ministries is appreciated, their method of spreading the gospel has sparked debate on social media.
“As a person of faith, I beg you, don’t do this,” wrote Twitter user @kimlockhartga. “St. Francis of Assisi put it best: Preach the gospel every day, using words only when necessary. It just puts people off, and rightly so.”
“They did this knowing it would upset people,” claimed user @Cessecce. “When nobody complained, they would say to their young followers, ‘People love it when you stand up for God,’ and when things were going badly, they would say, ‘Look how much people hate Christianity, we have to stand up for God.’”
Others speculated that if a Muslim person had done something similar, the passengers would not stand by and watch.
One of the people speculated about is Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar. She posted the video to her account with the caption, “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I’m on a plane. How do you think it will end?”
However, some Christians claimed that they would approve of such a performance.
As Twitter user @OnthatileM_99 wrote, “I can’t find anything wrong with this video. On the contrary, I have a lot of respect for the people who play and sing. ‘Preach the gospel to the whole world.’”
Jack Jensz Jr. did not immediately respond to Daily Dot’s request for comment via Instagram DM.
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*Initial publication: April 17, 2022 at 9:48 am CDT
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.