This may be difficult for some to hear, but the Northern Alabama Bishop writes that these man-made principalities are nothing but shadows to God. How dare he!
Politically, this means that Jesus’ victory has left us with only one realm – the kingdom of God. Other principalities, whether they be those of the United States, the United Kingdom, or Satan, exist now only in our minds, in our contrained imaginations, as mere shadows of their former selves….
Barth stresses that even those who neither know nor acknowledge this, even those who actively resist this change in citizen ship, still find themselves living in this realm, “claimed and absorbed by his act of obedience.”
Christus Victor must be this type of political victory, one in which Christ has defeated the powers and what what remains is their constant attempt at resurgence, a rebellion which the Church still stands, with Christ at our head, as the only real obedient place of citizenship.