There was a preacher name Stewart and one day he was talking to the butcher about a steak.
The butcher said, I see you quite often, but I never asked you what you do for a living.
Stewart replied, I’m a preacher, I preach for a local church of Christ.
The butcher said, “oh wow, you are a reverend!” No, Stewart replied, just a preacher.
I don’t understand, the butcher said, isn’t a preacher a reverend? No, he isn’t, said Stewart, reverend is one of the names for God and even if men allow people to call them reverend, it is wrong for no man is fit to wear the name of God. I never heard that before, said the butcher; all the ministers I know were called reverend.
Yeah, I’m sure they are, said Stewart; but it is still wrong for them to be addressed as such. Let me ask you this. Would you address a preacher as Almighty? No said the butcher, only God is Almighty. Correct said Stewart, but the word reverend means just that, it means “Awesome” and no man is such. Let me quote from Psalms 111.9
“ He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded His covenant forever, Holy and Reverend is His name. The butcher said, I have never heard that verse in my life, I didn’t know; but from now on I will correct anyone who calls a preacher “reverend.”
Great said Stewart, I’m glad I could be of help and if I can be of farther service to understand
the bible, let me know. Now, how about my steak?