So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the LORD had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night. (6.27)I'm thankful for that passage right there. Gideon did what the Lord required, there's no question about that. And he did what he knew was right - not just following the Lord but tearing down the altar of Baal (a false god). But he did it at night.
He was scared. He thought he might not have to do the confrontation thing. He thought it might just slide by and he could look around with everyone else and say, "Hey! What happened here? Who did this?"
In my own spiritual journey, there have been times like that. Times where I know the right thing and have even done the right thing, but done it in a way so that it minimizes the conflict and ugliness that often comes with confronting evil in the world.