Christians in Thailand Rise Above Political Unrest

A statue of Jesus is seen outside the Santa Cruz Church, ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand, in Bangkok, Thailand November 14, 2019. Picture taken on November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Conditions are ripe for another military takeover in Thailand. According to the Thai Enquirer, there have been 13 coups since the start of the 20th century. Today, any conflict between pro-democracy demonstrators and monarchy supporters could give the military an excuse to take control.

Led by students, ongoing pro-democracy protests have been largely peaceful. Demonstrators want the current Prime Minister to resign, and they’re calling for constitutional reform. Protestors appealed to Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday after marching to the German embassy in Bangkok.

Supporters of the Thai kingdom criticize this youthful movement, AFP reports. According to royalist Warong Dechgitvigrom, the monarchy ensures stability. “Without a monarchy, there would be a civil war,” he tells AFP.

“There is a lot of violence that comes out of these pro-democracy movements,” Asian Access President Joe Handley says.

“You have some people trying to stand up for their life, for their rights, and you have others [who oppose them]. It breaks out into violence, which isn’t good for society.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray Thai believers can stand out as peacemakers during this tumultuous season.
  • Pray their witness draws many to Christ.