CH17 – Humanity is an animated journey through the mind of a 17-year-old boy who finds himself at the crossroads between childhood bliss and adult responsibilities and emotions. Its main theme, “always test the spirits,” is an allusion to the bible verse 1 John 4:1.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test all spirits to see if they are from God, for many false prophets have gone into the world. NIV
This theme is most evident in the line, “don’t you fret to question everything, but when your done don’t question it again,” which adds to the previous theme by connecting it to the story of growth from childhood to adult. Since humans become more and more stubborn to change as they age, the artist communicates the idea of a good stubborn vs. a bad stubborn. A good stubborn means one resists changing from things that are fruitful and godly. Meanwhile a bad stubborn reflects a resistance to change from unfruitful, damaging or ungodly things. The artist through prayer and after reading the verse 1 John 4:1, conjectures that the only way to achieve a good stubborn is by overcoming the fear to question things such as fears, emotions, feelings, desires, passions, actions and indulgences otherwise known as spirits. The motivation of this exploration is to inspire youth to be open to change and question everything to develop a sound mind.
The song is culturally relevant in a time where youth may feel very confused or feel that they don’t exactly know what they are doing but seek to find an identity in the world. However, Newton Incorporated encourages them to question the identities of the world and look beyond the sun to a higher purpose. Newton also emphasizes the idea that pursuing integrity and a sound mind is a process that must be respected. Stay with God and he will give you peace and power over the “bad spirits”.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Ephesians 3:16 NIV
CH17 – Humanity is one step in the process of a series of songs communicating the growth process. Though it is very autobiographical in nature, the themes and story are culturally significant and can be applied to inspire youth to live to their full potential.