Pastor to Obama: God Told the Israelites 'Forward is the Only Option'

By Fred Lucas | January 21, 2013 | 2:41pm EST

President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama leave the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2013.  (AP)

( – President Barack Obama attended church services on Sunday where the pastor invoked Moses and Jesus while repeating the president’s 2012 campaign theme of “Forward.”

“Mr. President, I have to confess the Lord planted this text and this sermon in my spirit the day after you were elected,” said Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. “Forward is the only option.”

The Metropolitan AME Church, founded in 1838, is known as “The National Cathedral of African Methodism,” according to the church.

Obama used “Forward” as his 2012 reelection campaign theme, charging that his Republican opponent Mitt Romney would take the country backwards.

Reverend Braxton specifically talked about Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt to freedom, and when they were at the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army not far behind them.

“Pharaoh has amassed a massive force behind them,” said Braxton.  “God knew that the Israelites were not yet physically, emotionally or mentally suited to encounter the terrain and the forces on the other side of them. So forward was the only option.”

Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor of the Metropolitan AME Church. (AP)

“Facing the Red Sea with the military behind them, neither side has an escape avenue,” said Braxton.  “Music no longer filled the air. A major needle had punctured the bubble. Anger, regret and terror filled the hearts of the people. Moses goes to God crying. And God says to Moses, why are you crying? Tell the Israelites to go forward. Here is the point: Never allow obstacles or fear to blind you to the power, the potential and the possibilities that rest only in God’s hands.”

Braxton ended the sermon directly addressing Obama:

“I come this morning to tell you, Mr. President, that there is a rock upon which you can stand. Lift up your hands and worship God through the eternal ages.”

“Praise, worship God,” said the reverend. “On Christ the solid rock, take your stand. All other ground is sinking sand. On Christ, on Christ, move forward. Stand on the rock. In the day, in the night, in good times, in hard times, don’t go back. Don’t move to the side. Move forward, forward, forward. It’s the only option.”

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