Shut Up And Don’t Sing

If there’s one thing more annoying than some douchebag who whips out an accoustic guitar and starts playing it in public, it’s a Christian douchebag who does it while singing Christian worship songs.

A video posted by Jack Jensz Jr., a Philadelphia area pastor, shows people singing Christian worships songs on a plane. Now, it’s not been reported whether the plane was a commercial airliner or charter flight. Judging by the annoyed look of a male passenger in the foreground, it looks like this was unexpected or at least unwelcomed.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) asked the question on what would happen if Muslims prayed during the flight. Well, obviously, there would’ve been problems. Some Christians in America seem to think it’s their way or the highway. Unfortunately, people here didn’t have anywhere to go when you’re in a plane. If you’re at a public park and you see someone at a gazebo or pavillion singing some NewSong music, you could easily go somewhere else.

Jensz is the founder of the Kingdom Realm Ministries and he proudly proclaims “Worshipping Jesus 30,000 Feet In The Air!” But what about the people on the plane who don’t worship Jesus. Or those that do worship Jesus, they just don’t want to hear a bunch of songs. It’s obvious they more or less pigeonholed the rest on the flight in their “worshipping.”

And people have been doing this for years. When I lived in a dorm in college, there was supposed to some quiet times but people would meet in a room to do this exact same thing. And you could hear it halfway down the hall. Naturally, Christians use this as a tactic to get what they want. They know no one is going to say anything. Or they will guilt people into explaining why they don’t want to hear worship music.

My ex used to attend a family reunion where her cousin’s husband would set up speakers in a covered picnic area and spend 90 percent of the time people were there singing and playing his guitar. The other 10 percent was spent on eating. And yes, it was Christian worship songs. Worse, other people at the campsite who were trying to enjoy a nice weekend on the lake had to hear it as well as those in the family.

Yet, no one said anything about it for years until they got enough of it. And this was the moment, my ex’s aunt tried to put her and the naysayers on the spot criticizing them for not wanting to hear Christian worship music. Arguments broke out and I think they finally took the speakers down. But this behavior that didn’t sit well with some family members. The others quit going to the reunion. It wasn’t just them Christian music but just the overall attitude.

But this is the typical move out of the Christian playbook. Push your religion on someone and then when people resist, act like you’re the one being persecuted. And this is why I don’t like any religions.

Jensz had said he was doing charity and evangelical work near the Ukrainian border. But why should Christian people be excused from consideration of others? This is the month of Ramadan. If Omar or other Muslims wanted to pray for the safety of the flight would people join in prayer too? Or would they seek out the air marshal?

Last time I checked, Muslims aren’t inviting children to pool parties then saying they’ve all been baptized. I know there are some Islamic extremists but there are also some Christian extremists too. Even if they had permission to perform froim the staff if it was a commercial airliner, the staff should’ve refused. They’re responsible for the safety and comment of all passengers. This could’ve triggered some bad memories from people. We all know if it was a crying baby or misbehaving toddler, something would’ve been done. So, why not here?

The best thing to do is to start pushing back. Tell these Christians that you don’t want to hear their music. You don’t want to hear their scriptures. If they don’t like it, tough. They’re supposed to get along with you regardless and love you.

The biggest misconception some Christians have against others even though who still believe in Christ but don’t act so extreme is how hateful and mean we are. That’s not true. A lot of atheist/agnostic people won’t say a peep if you say you’re praying for them. We don’t mind if Christian people post things on their social media. It’s when they start coming on our pages and spreading it or trying to argue our beliefs, that’s when it becomes an issue.

I’ve often told people about the Baptist church in the town I went to college that had a buzzer system. You weren’t even allowed in God’s house without an appointment. Or there was the time after I graduated college and my mom and I were going to a family reunion with my stepfather’s family. However, she wanted to go to church and I needed to run some errands. So, I dropped her off and when I showed up 10 minutes before the service ended, some middle-aged cranks almost called the cops on me because they accused me of loitering. Then, they blasted me for not going to the service.

This is the type of behavior I don’t like. And it’s why more and more people are turning away from all religions, including Christianity. I think we need to start telling people more and more what works for them doesn’t work for everyone. You don’t have to be rude about it, but if they persist, then maybe you just need to tell them to shut the fuck up.

What do you think? Please comment.

Published by bobbyzane420

I'm an award winning journalist and photographer who covered dozens of homicides and even interviewed President Jimmy Carter on multiple occasions. A back injury in 2011 and other family medical emergencies sidelined my journalism career. But now, I'm doing my own thing, focusing on movies (one of my favorite topics), current events and politics (another favorite topic) and just anything I feel needs to be posted. Thank you for reading.

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