Video of Singaporean man leading Christian worship songs on a plane mid-flight sparks debate
By Daniel Anderson
April 18, 2022
A viral video shows a Singaporean man and a congregation singing worship songs on a plane mid-flight.
The video, originally posted to TikTok and Instagram on April 9 by Jack Jensz Jr., has garnered over 30 million views since being shared on Twitter two days ago.
The Singaporean man playing the guitar was identified as Jonathan Neo, who also shared the video on his now-private Instagram. According to Neo’s Instagram Reel, the EasyJet pilot introduced the group and they sang in six languages.
Online users all over Twitter were quick to sound off with their thoughts about the incident.
Most notably, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted, “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?”
Omar’s tweet drew its own viral debate.
WWE professional wrestler Montel Vontavious Porter shared similar thoughts to Omar, asking, “A) If Muslims did this what be the response? B) If rappers did this what would be the response? C) If atheists did this… D) If I’m on this plane, I go Jeff Jarrett with that guitar.”
Twitter user @davenewworld_2 tweeted the video saying, “Imagine you get on a plane and you have to listen to this.” His tweet received mostly polarized responses.
User @kimlockhartga replied, “As a person of faith, I implore you: don’t do this. St. Francis of Assisi said it best: preach the gospel every day, and only if you have to, use words. This kind of thing just turns people off, and rightly so.”
YouTuber Peter Jordan tweeted, “It doesn’t matter if its religious or not, they are disturbing several passengers, this is an invasion of other people’s space.”
User @cmclymer tweeted, “As a Christian, I despise this. It’s inappropriate, selfish, and deeply insulting to other communities. This is the kind of arrogant behavior that repulses people away from the church while enabling those who shamelessly discriminate against religious minorities.”
Another user, @ryanjamesdee wrote, “Nope. I’d be pulling the exit door open.”
But there were also some users who saw no issue with the performance. User @bmax4christ wrote, “I love Gospel music. Get some ear plugs if it bothers you.”
Another user, @theRajivSinha, added, “Why are people pearl clutching about Christians singing on a plane? Would you be offended if WAP came on the intercom?”
Others noted the faces of those on the plane listening to the songs.
User @glennpolley zoomed in on one of the passengers and captioned his tweet, “[Record-Scratch] [Freeze-Frame] “Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation…”
Jensz appears to be a pastor and founder of Kingdom Realm Ministries. The EasyJet plane was reportedly flying out of Germany. Social media posts by Jensz show he and his group were in Poland and Ukraine to assisting refugees impacted by Russia’s invasion only a couple of days prior to the viral video’s posting.
Featured Image via @jackjenszjr_/Instagram
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