In the GOP primaries, do politics Trump values and character?
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“We discussed the sermons and Bible class topics following services, so Lester is well-grounded in the Word,” June Holt said.
“I have heard him mention on more than one occasion on Sunday ‘Today’ that he would be attending church when he gets off the air,” she added. “That shows me he is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.”
The newsman’s father, Lester Holt Sr., has served as an elder at the Cordova church and the Carmichael Church of Christ, also in California.
“It might also be noted that Lester’s grandfather and great-grandfather were also elders of congregations in the Detroit area,” Les Sr. told the Chronicle.
The younger Holt was baptized at age 9 in Anchorage. But at age 14, he asked to be baptized again at the Carmichael church.
“I remember coming to my dad and saying, ‘I think I was baptized for the wrong reasons. I think I was just swept up in everyone doing it,’” the anchor said. “Maybe I didn’t need to be baptized again. But I just felt like I did.”
Later, as an adult, the inquisitive journalist stepped back and re-examined his faith.
“I did a lot of reading and a lot of my own study,” he said. “I wanted to make sure my faith was my own and not something I simply inherited. It’s not a matter of really questioning your faith, but questioning what you believe and why you believe.”
Les Sr. said: “Lester’s faith is his faith — not a faith inherited by osmosis. This is proven by the fact that although he left home at an early age, he has continued to be a faithful Christian.”
Asked how he tries to make his faith a priority in his life, the younger Holt replied: “Little things. It’s hard for me to articulate them. You know, read the Bible and pray and all the things we like to do. I think all of us in life always come up short. I’m certainly no different. I just try to keep my compass pointed in the direction I feel it needs to be pointed at.”
Often, Holt is asked whether it’s hard to be a person of faith in his profession.
Whenever that question is posed, he said, the implication seems to be that “this business is not for people of faith.”
“I think there’s a connotation that we’re the liberal, atheist media,” Holt said. “And I know a lot of people in this business who are people of faith — maybe not this specific faith that I share, but people who believe in God and follow their faith. So I don’t find it hard.
“In fact, I find in many ways that this job is a blessing, in that as a journalist, I really get to see life in all its permutations. … I see death. I see people going through the depth of tragedy, and I see people going through the highest of things. It just reminds you of how short life is … and I think it’s the kind of thing that in many ways is faith-affirming.”
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