Thailand Prepares for a New King

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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