“In war, as in economics, it was [Prime Minister Thatcher’s] moralistic certainty, not her gender, which set her apart from her male colleagues, enabling her to grasp risks they would have baulked at.” John Campbell, The Iron Lady 192 (Penguin Books, 2009).
Two principled political leaders of Great Britain in the last century rescued not only their own nation but also very likely the entire Christian West from destruction. One was Sir Winston Churchill who rescued his nation from socialismwithout (the Nationalist Socialist Party “Nazis” of Germany in World War II), and the other was Lady Margaret Thatcher, who rescued her nation from socialism within during in the 1980’s.
Much insight may be gained in looking to the life of Lady Thatcher, both from her successes as well as her errors. With the release of the recent movie based on her life starring academy-award-winning Meryl Streep, people have begun to reinvestigate the life and legacy of Prime Minister Thatcher, especially in light of our current economic challenges. Economic challenges very similar to what she faced in Britain 30 years ago. Facing a record-high national debt in the U.S. as well as a record-high unemployment rate, policy makers are taking a second-look at the economic principles promoted by the ’80’s leaders like Thatcher and Reagan that helped to turn their countries around and brought the Cold War to a close.
[get_product id=”1472″ align=”right” size=”small”]”Thatcher came in at a unique time,” says Dr. Gary North (a regular writer for The Tea Party Economist). “There’s never been a time in the twentieth century to match it, at least for our side.… Thatcher was elected Prime Minister shortly after the most staunchly anti-Communist, Polish Pope became the head the Roman Catholic Church. On the other side of the earth, in late ’78 to early ’79, Deng Xiaoping revamped all Communist economics, turned the control over agriculture over to the private ownership of families, thereby launching the most spectacular economic revolution in the history of man. Then in 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected President. So simultaneously in God’s providence you had three official anti-Communists and the most powerful Communist in the world who abandoned the system, and as a result the last thirty years of the twentieth century were completely different from what any of us would have imagined as late as 1970.”
Unless we learn the lessons of history, we will be doomed to repeat mankind’s mistakes. Unless we recount God’s incredible mercy and kindness to His people through history, we will fail to be grateful for the extent of God’s care. Recounting the providential blessings of history also inspires our children to faithfulness. As Psalm 78:4-7 says, we are to show “to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done … That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.”
For this reason, we would like to make available to you a special audio session recently recorded in our community with Chrisitan economic expert Dr. Gary North, Christian battlefield historian Bill Potter, and our Director of Ministry Advancement Nathaniel Darnell as we analyze the life and premiership of Margaret Thatcher and the new movie. Our purpose is to deliberately apply a biblical worldview in evaluating these figures of history and the messages of the movie.
In this 69-minute audio session you will learn how God providentially used her and four other pivotal characters to change the direction of the world in the last two decades of the twentieth century, how Great Britain won the Faulkand War, and much more!
Evaluating ‘The Iron Lady’ from a Christian Worldview