Basketball star, Jayson Tatum, was mocked after getting ‘Gods Will’ tattoo across his back with a spelling mistake. As a result, many wondered if it is actually the will of God for him or anyone to get a tattoo.
The NBA star was keen to show off his new tattoo on social media. As a proud Christian, he felt he was doing the will of God after he had the phrase “Gods Will” sprawled across his upper back, including “Proverbs 3:5-6”. But, the major typo is – The Boston Celtics star clearly missed the apostrophe in ‘God’s Will.’
The moment Tatum’s tattoo was revealed on social media, fans were quick to point out that the proud Christian Basketball star had made a big mistake with many joking that he must be “polytheistic,” meaning he believes in multiple gods.
A commentator joked on his Twitter handle: “How many gods are we talking here?”
If that comment was not enough to make Tatum, the 21-year-old Boston Celtics forward to regret his latest inking, then the opinion of others may, as another joked: “Never thought my job duties would include ‘inquiring as to Jayson Tatum’s polytheism’ yet here we are.”
Another fan claimed: “This is why copy editors are important.”
One person tweeted a suggestion: “I hope Jayson Tatum knows someone who can squeeze an apostrophe in there.”
6ft 8in Tatum is a proud Christian and should be commended, especially in this day and age when people try to hide their faith. A few years ago, he spoke about going to church as a youngster, and claimed: “That’s something that has stuck with me for a long time.”
He once said, “From a young age, my grandmother was the first one to always remind me of how blessed I am to be in this position.”
“The talents I have and everything that you do, you do it for Jesus.”
While many Christians support him for being bold about his faith, others disagree with him for having a tattoo, and some say if you must get a tattoo avoid a typographic error. “Gods Will” is not the same as “God’s Will,” as the apostrophe gives it a completely different meaning.
Should a Christian have a tattoo
Many believers would say one shouldn’t have a tattoo and they will eagerly make a reference to Leviticus 19:28, which says, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.” But, is this verse really saying “Don’t get a tattoo?”
So, why is this verse in the Bible?
If you look at scripture in the context, you will see that the Bible doesn’t really address or say anything about our modern day concept of tattoos. Further, the word tattoo did not enter into the English language until the late 1700s. This is probably why the KJV, written in the early 1600s, is closer to the literal translation saying, “ye shall not… print marks upon you.”
The word Tattoo didn’t appear in the first Torah (which is the first 5 books of the Christian Bible) which was revealed to Moses around 1312 BC, but in reality, it was likely written sometime after the Babylonian Captivity around 530 BC.
So, if tattoo was not written in the Bible, how can we conclude that it is not the will of God?
Leviticus 19:28 (NIV) says: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” Apparently, people cut their bodies to mourn or honour the dead in those days.
1 Corinthians 3:17 guides that “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” Also, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 offers the following warnings: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.”
Based on this scripture, you can make up your mind if Tatum’s tattoo is the will of God or not.