“[It’s got] flour, it’s got soda, it’s got juice. As you can see, they flour-bombed me,” Bethea said, while showing the stained clothes that he wore on Monday. “Throwing glitter in your eyes. I just thank God that it didn’t get in my eyes.”
Sam Bethea, who went to prison 29 times before becoming a Christian, was spreading the Gospel on Monday night as social justice warriors protested the Republican National Convention.
“Jesus saves. Jesus loves you, you guys,” Bethea said to protesters.
“I do it because God called me to the streets,” he said.
Bethea has been riding his bicycle downtown for six years, whenever protesters show up.
BLM protesters complained that Bethea’s message distracted from the group’s social-justice message.
“You’re taking away from the message,” a protester said on Bethea’s livestream.
Uptown businesses clashed with Bethea in 2017 because of the disturbance that he caused in the streets. Almost 20 people filed complaints with the Charlotte–Mecklenburg Police Department.
Bethea said he will wash his clothes and return to the streets to share the Gospel, which said he believes he has been called to do.
“They have a right to say what they want to say, within the bounds of the law, just as I do,” he said.
Those who support Bethea are financially supporting him so that he can keep spreading the message that “Jesus saves.”