Did you watch the whole video? Could you stomach it? Did you shudder, turn away or say an impassioned prayer when George Floyd cried out in the words that bring the greatest joy or the utmost anguish to any mother — “Mama, mama!”

A year later, the legal system has affirmed Floyd’s death was murder. A year later, do Black men and teenagers feel safer in their interactions with police or walking down the street? No, they do not. Centuries of entrenched racism and white advantage do not change in a year.

But small changes — no doubt far slower than Jesus would like — are occurring. Many white Americans had never thought about their privilege or engaged in sustained conversations about systemic racism before. Now many have.

There are business leaders, politicians, police departments and religious figures that have turned inward to examine how certain practices and policies wound Black individuals. As a society, there is no turning back.

But what will we do as a church? Has the disbelief and horror over Floyd’s death dwindled? Have we completed the reading, held the vigil, done our part and now can walk away? Does it feel like we’d just be dragging out some uncomfortable conversation if we persist?

The Gospel and its radical messages are inherently uncomfortable. “If I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Cor 13:2).

That message is not flowers and butterflies. We will be judged by how we love when it’s uncomfortable, embarrassing, tiring.

Let us not turn away from the evil that persists. Let us sustain the reflection and the practical hard work of authentic love for our brothers and sisters of color.