“Hi. My name is, uh, Gideon. Sorry I’m a little nervous. This is the first time I’ve led troops into battle. OK, the good news. There are 32,000 of us. The bad news is there are a whole lot more of them. Think sand on the seashore. Now, for the worse news. God told me to thin out the ranks. So, if you’re afraid you’ll go into battle and not come out, you can go home.” Two-thirds of Gideon’s army went home.