08/01/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama In Berlin: A New Day, A New Hope

As I write these words a huge throng is gathering in Berlin to hear Senator Obama. They are sending America a message: Elect a leader the world respects and we will show you that America is still loved.

How ironic that in our greatest hour of need since the Civil War, following the worst presidency in the history of our country it is a young black American who has stepped forth to lead us all back into the light. The persecuted have come to the rescue of the persectuors. Good has been returned for harm, forgiveness for transgression. Dr. King, are you watching? You won sir.

Hope! Change! Respect!

We are watching history unfold. This life-long Republican white man is moved, humbled and changed.

Tens of thousands of people who have been highly critical of our country gather to hear an American political figure. They are not burning our flag. Instead they wait, as we do, for the new day.

God bless you Senator Obama. Thank you.

Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of "CRAZY FOR GOD-How I Grew Up As One Of The Elect, Helped Found The Religious Right, And Lived To Take All (Or Almost All) Of It Back"