Yes and No

“Are you still in the Dallas area?” I was asked at a wedding reception in Nacogdoches over the weekend.

My imYes No Signpost Showing Indecision Choosing And Dilemmamediate thought, my most natural answer was, “no.” I’m not in the Dallas area. I serve in Euless, which is in Tarrant County, and, more importantly, in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dallas is in the North Texas Conference.

But this man isn’t United Methodist. Had he said, “DFW,” I am fairly sure I wouldn’t have thought twice before saying, “yes.” But he didn’t, so it took me a second to gauge the context. I then answered, “yes.”

Both answers “yes” and “no” were truthful answers depending on the context. If I had been asked “Are you in the Dallas area?” by a United Methodist who was, with that question, asking what conference I was part of, answering “yes” would have been misleading.

Are there questions to which you could answer either “yes” or “no truthfully?

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