DES MOINES, Iowa (RNS) — Loving your enemies isn’t an easy thing to do on the campaign trail.

Even if the candidate is a pastor.

“(Faith) pushes us in ways that are not always comfortable, which means sacrificing yourself and caring for people that you wouldn’t want to care for normally, like loving your neighbor or loving your enemies,” said the Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott.

“Running for office is definitely a harder way of living that out.”

Garriott, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who is running for state Senate in Iowa, is hardly the first faith leader to seek elected office. But in an era where the Republican Party often dominates conversations about faith and politics, the pastor is one

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