Righteous Dude

And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ (the Anointed One), the righteousness which is of God by faith.
Philippians 3:9

Hi! My name is Richard L. Finke. Many know me simply as Ric. As I drive my handi-van, oncoming traffic will view the words Righteous Dude emblazoned across the front. Those who know me well readily realize that the words refer to the righteousness of Christ, and not my own! I enjoy watching people's faces as they approach while they are trying to understand the words they are seeing. Many do double- and triple- takes, all the while staring with a blank, incredulous expression. Others gawk in curiosity until the 'light comes on' and illuminates their faces with joyful understanding and comradery. The phrase is intended to grab their attention and is a deliberate play on the modern meaning used when people think something, or someone, is 'way cool.' Copying Jesus the Messiah tends to make a mere human, such as I am, way cool.

The church congregation of which I am a part is a growing and very pro-active, charismatic, and loving part of the body of Christ. More than 1,200 attend but their success has been because of other-centeredness. Their love for others, both within and outside the congregation, is an obvious fruit, or result, of God's Spirit. Although not originally a charismatic 'praise and worship' people, the closer they attempt to be like the Lord and follow the leading of His Holy Spirit, the more dynamic they become. It just simply cannot be helped!

I am a public accountant and live in the middle of one of central Ohio's cornfields on the edge of the beginnings of the Great Plains. One mile south of the family farm are the Appalachian foothills. To the north stretch more rich farmlands. On the farm of 120 acres is a local landmark -- an original settler's very old Pennsylvania Dutch barn built in 1832. Many community parties have been hosted in it for guests from near and abroad.

I have never been married, and my hobbies inlude but are not limited to amateur radio (KB8WS), vintage muscle cars, and staying current with our ranks of the so-called 'religious right.' I am not ashamed of my principles and steadfastly support the cause of 'righteous coolness'. This covers a pro-life stance, support of our Second Amendment rights, an uncompromised balanced national budget, and many other politically incorrect positions.

The original meaning of the term 'radical' signified someone who went to the root cause of a problem, instead of a surface and knee-jerk reaction. Thus you might call me a radical!!? Whether you think I'm interesting, simply misguided, or simple, try me.

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