Ed Stetzer Interviews Eric Geiger on New Book ‘How to Ruin Your Life: and Starting Over When You Do’

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Ed: You recently wrote a book about people ruining their lives, and you called it an implosion. Why did you use that term?

Eric: Demolition experts can take a building down two ways: they can pummel it from the outside with cranes and wrecking balls, or they can implode the building from the inside. With an implosion, everything looks normal on the outside. There isn’t a crane and wrecking ball announcing to onlookers that the building is going to be destroyed, but beneath the surface explosive devices are placed at strategic places to weaken the foundation of the building so that it topples.

We can speak of attacks from the outside, but more common, in terms of a leader falling, the destruction comes from the inside. When the pressure of the role or when the brightness of the spotlight weighs more than our inner integrity, implosion is inevitable.

I could go on and on with the imagery of implosion. When we watch a building implode, it seems like what took years to build falls in a matter of seconds, but in reality there was lots of planning beneath the surface before the building implodes. We sometimes think a leader falls quickly, but JC Ryle wisely stated, “Men fall in private long before they fall in public.”

Ed: You used King David as the primary example in your book. Why him?

Eric: Surely no implosion is more shocking than David’s. Scripture calls him a man after God’s own heart. Unlike Saul, who was the people’s choice for king, David was God’s choice. He united God’s people, defeated their enemies, penned psalms, and danced before the Lord unashamed of how his worship was perceived by others.

He woke up at dawn with singing to God while living in a cave. I don’t believe I have loved God as much as David loved the Lord. Yet after all those incredible moments and after receiving God’s promise that his kingdom would never end, David pursued a married woman and used military resources to kill her husband in an attempt to cover things up. If King David can fall and ruin his life, surely any of us can.

Ed: So what leads to an implosion?

Eric: I believe the record of David’s fall is very instructive for us, not so we can follow in his steps but so we can kill the sins in our hearts that can lead to our ruin. In David’s story in 2 Samuel 11, we see he was isolated, bored, and filled with pride. He sent people who would have held him accountable away as he remained in Jerusalem (isolation).

He strolled the roof one night looking for anything to do, because at this point in his life God was not enough for him (bored). His demanding that Bathsheba be brought to him, even after he learned she was married, showed that he believed he was entitled to anything he wanted (pride).

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Source: Christianity Today