Christian Artist Shei Atkins Abandons Gospel for R&B, Blames Church
Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 8:57AM
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POST BY BUZZ EDITOR, PATRICIA LAWSON

EEW BUZZ editors are so over this right now. According to Christian Post, Grammy-Nominated Gospel Artist turned R &B artist, Shei Atkins, blames the church for her decision to switch over to secular music.

Atkins says her music is a mixture of R&B and Gospel, which has ruffled a few feathers in the church. “The thing is that when some people heard R&B on my albums they were like, this is not Gospel and the judgment began,” she wrote. “I had fans who loved me on one side and people condemning me on the other side calling me worldly, pulling me to the side at some of my shows about my hair color, sending in mean letters, etc.”

First of all, EEW BUZZ editors must establish something. We need to keep this whole thing about what it's about. You can't cry about stuff people say about your "hair color." Come on. That's not a reason to cut your losses and run. Though the BUZZ is not familiar with Atkins' music, if it is exemplifying Christ then don't worry about what the critics say. If it's not, then that's another conversation for another day.

The artist, who has worked with Beyonce, Lil Flip, Paul Wall and Chamillionaire, Mary J. Blige, Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin, got her start in secular music. "Doing R&B allows me to make the music God put in me to make and be free without boundaries of what I can and what I can’t talk about,” Atkins said.

It is a cop-out to pretend that Gospel artists cannot talk about life issues. Kirk Franklin does that all the time. He covers abuse, pornography, being abandoned by his biological dad, and all sorts of things. So using the excuse that you can't talk about certain things in Gospel music is a poor defense and a false representation of the genre.

Even when Jesus preached the Gospel directly to the woman at the well in St. John 4, the message wasn't about flowers and pretty bunny rabbits in the garden. He dealt with issues like the fact that this woman had had 5 husbands, and the one she was with wasn't hers.

Don't say the Gospel, preached or spoken, doesn't deal with issues!

Sharing the Gospel is not an option for believers. It is a mandate. We are commissioned to share the good news of the Gospel, which is, the work of Jesus Christ, with the world. All this nonsense about just doing "life" music and "secular" music while remaining a Christian, flies in the face of our purpose for being on this earth.

Artists need to get over themselves these days. Think about how many people criticized Jesus. Many folks, especially those in the church, accused the Son of God of blasphemy and all sorts of nonsense. Did Jesus stop preaching the Gospel and introducing the masses to the savior of the world? No! He carried on His mission.

Last time we checked, Jesus was our ultimate example.

We don't just get to fall out in the street, throw a tantrum, whine and complain saying, "They don't like me and they're talking about me so I quit!"

It's not about you, the individual. It is about the greater mission of winning lost souls through Jesus Christ. Romans 10:14 says, "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"

Through music we have a mandate to "preach" to the lost and edify the body of Christ, no matter what people say.

We've got to straighten up our backs and be about our Father's business and stop all this other foolishness.

Here's another thought. Even out in the world, when artists and entertainers are having shade thrown at them, do they retire? No, they see criticism as going right along with the territory and they keep it moving.

That's what Gospel artists and leaders within the Christian community must do as well.

Your thoughts?

 

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