"The Bible and Homosexuality" Matthew Vines´ speech
The results of the survey from the International Church Convention , 2014, in Munich are published by Rainbow-NAC. The great majority of participants surveyed were open and tolerant toward Gays, Bisexuals, and Transsexuals. Regarding all surveyed social issues and ecclesiastic positions such as marriage blessings, adopting children, teaching and administrative positions, polled members are mostly in favor of eliminating sanctions.
Nearly 1,700 visitors had participated in the survey conducted at the Rainbow-NAC International booth between June 6-8, 2014, at the ICC. They were asked their opinions, attitudes and judgments about gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals in the NAC and society.
The core results summarized:
• Over one-third of the participants actually knew gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals in their congregations and district churches.
• Over 80 percent of participants indicated that they believe that, in their home districts, LGBT brothers and sisters are accepted and can live on equal footing ("Strongly agree" and "Somewhat agree"). The following question asked was whether the NAC treats LGBT and straight members equally. Approximately half of the participants believe that no difference in treatment exists - so they assume a greater equality exists than actually is there.
• Over three-quarters of participants think that a full marriage blessing should be given ("Strongly agree" and "Somewhat agree").
• About 80 percent had little or no problem if their house priest would be gay.
• Agreement on the question of whether gay or lesbians should teach Sunday school and religious instruction was particularly high. Here about 80 percent "Strongly agree".
• Also about 80 percent of respondents indicated that they would have no problem if a brother with a transsexual past who was born a woman would sit in the pew next to him or her.
• The participants of the survey were also positively affirming regarding the adoption of children by same-sex couples. Over three-quarters "Strongly agree" or "Somewhat agree".
• As a general trend, it was clearly seen: younger people and female visitors are more progressive than older members and male members.
When looking at the results, it's important to consider that among the visitors and participants, there were more benevolent than negative church members present, which tends to influence the results toward a more positive result. Nevertheless, the survey provides a direction and mood that often corresponds to our personal experiences in the congregations.