Thailand Prepares for a New King

Thailand

With the U.S. 2016 Presidential elections wrapping up this week, many anxiously wait to see what the new regime will bring to our country. But American is not the only country preparing for an brand new leader.

Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej died this year on October 13 after serving 70 years as Thailand’s King and head of state. At 88 years old, he was the world’s longest reigning monarch. For much of Thailand, he is the only King they have ever known, and his constant presence had been a stabilizing factor for the country. His reign ushered in a period of political peace and harmony and financial growth in a country previously known for her deep poverty and political turmoil. The Thai government has announced that there will be a year long period of mourning for the beloved King, stating,

“The reign of the King has ended and his kindness cannot be found anywhere else.”

Yet, while the country mourns, they are also preparing to welcome a new King. King Bhumibol’s son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is set to be made King in December. However many are unsure that the sixty-four year old will be able to fill his father’s shoes.

Lese Majeste’ laws in Thaliand prohibit anyone in the country from speaking badly about the Royal family, particularly the King and Crown Prince. Yet, news of the Prince’s lifestyle has been reaching Thai citizens since the 1970s and many feel he is a poor replacement for his beloved father. Married and divorced three times, the Prince has been known for his extravagant and less than conservative lifestyle. How he will handle the responsibility of the crown is yet to be seen.

The Bible has much to say about the rulers of our world. In the Old Testament, we see the Lord support some kings and go against others. The truth remains that no matter what country we are in, the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. (Psalm 24:1)

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”

These verses found in Psalm 22:27-28 remind us that when the Lord returns, all the kingdoms and rulers of the earth will fade in the light of Him. He is our one true King, and friends He is coming back! So let us come together and pray for the rulers of our world. Let’s pray for this new King and our new president, that they would know the Lord deeply and would have the wisdom of Solomon. And let us watch with anticipation for our Lord’s coming.

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Russia Proposes Removal of Controversial Baby Boxes

Baby boxes

Since the Middle Ages, “baby boxes,” have often been placed outside churches and hospitals, giving unprepared women a way to anonymously give up their child. Today’s boxes are much safer than they were hundreds of years ago. They sit full of soft blankets with an alarm inside that triggers the hospital when a baby is placed inside, instantly alerting caregivers to the new patient.

However, Russia has recently declared that it is considering a ban on the “baby boxes.” The UN Committee for child rights has recently condemned the boxes that are present all over Europe. They claim that the boxes encourage negligence, but some are worried that without the boxes, babies may be abandoned somewhere much less safe. Supporters of the “baby boxes” believe that the boxes have significantly cut down on the amount of infant deaths. Babies that are delivered to the boxes are taken care of and hopefully placed into loving homes.

However, opponents of the boxes believe that they encourage dangerous, secret, at-home births. Since the boxes encourage anonymity, many believe that girls are not even going to hospitals to have their babies, instead giving birth in unsafe conditions. The government is hoping by eliminating the “birth boxes” and setting up accessible family planning services, these dangerous births will diminish. They also hope to provide counseling and better social support for young women with surprise pregnancies.

At the same time, the Russian Orthodox Church has come forward with a petition to ban abortions from the National Health Insurance System. Currently, 90% of the abortions that take place in Russia are carried out through state clinics.

The pro-life vs. pro-choice debate has been a large part of this year’s elections, but it is clear that it is an issue around the world. And it’s not the only major issue being debated these days. What does the Bible say?

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”

-Proverbs 24:11

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.'”

-Genesis 1:26

“But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace.”

-Galatians 1:15

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

-Matthew 6:26

No matter where you turn in the Bible, we see that God values life, even before it is born! He has a purpose and a plan for each of those precious little babies. Join us as we pray for those around the world who are making decisions on behalf of the unborn and the newborns. Pray for the new mothers who are scared and not sure what to do. And pray that all would see the value of life.

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