VAINGLORY: Kroger (Fry’s) wants its workers designated as first responders “Are You Kidding Me”

April 16, 2020
Kroger wants its workers designated as first responders

The Cincinnati-based grocer announced Tuesday that it’s calling on federal and state officials to designate employees at grocery stores as “extended first responders” or “emergency personnel.”

Along with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the grocery store chain issued a statement pleading the nation’s lawmakers.

The statement reads: “Since the onset of this pandemic, Kroger family of companies associates, who are also members of the UFCW, have been working tirelessly to make sure that millions of American families have fresh food and products they need. As all Americans are now witnessing – grocery workers play a critical role in our communities and they must be protected. “Working together, Kroger and the UFCW have already taken significant steps to keep Kroger associates safe and reward them for their incredible sacrifices throughout this ongoing crisis. The truth is more must be done and it must be done now. “Given the significant daily risk these workers face, we are calling on all of our federal and state leaders to take immediate action. Specifically, we are requesting our nation’s leaders to assign a temporary designation of a first responder or emergency personnel status for all grocery workers. Make no mistake, this designation is absolutely critical as it will ensure these frontline workers have priority access to personal protection equipment like masks and gloves. “This urgent call for a temporary first responder or emergency personnel status is not just about protecting grocery store workers; it is also about protecting the customers they serve and our nation’s food supply in general. “We urge our national and statewide elected leaders to act now and protect these essential workers.” Kroger has made several changes amid the coronavirus pandemic, designed to help both its employees […]

Ridiculous! This is moronic and textbook vainglory.

Do not multiply your words of pride, let not vain-glory come out of your mouth; For Jehovah is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

2 Samuel 2:3

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Philippians 2:3

The people that work at my local Fry’s on Power and baseline are doing their jobs not saving the world! This is moronic…

Let’s not compare grocery clerks, that put tomatoes and boxes of cereal (one at a time) on shelves to the men and women that go through the door of a home engulfed in fire with the high possibility that they will not it make out, to save lives.

Let’s not compare Fry’s grocery store managers to the men and women on the frontline of the Chinese Coronavirus; the doctors, nurses and all medical support staff that are not only “literally” saving lives but putting their lives on the line every day.


The bottom line is this type of vainglory is in complete opposition to the Word of God and the Christian walk.

‘Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.’

Galatians 5:19-21

On the other hand, Christians are to live according to the Spirit foregoing the fleshly desires of “vainglory”. Why? Because for the believer our “Adamic or Sin Nature” has been nailed to the cross and died. The result is that we are a new creation and live according to Spirit, the Holy Spirit leads us. And the results of living by the Spirit are:

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. ‘

Galatians 5:22-25


NOTE: I’ve been shopping at Fry’s grocery stores for 20 years. I love my Fry’s, have friends and family that work at Fry’s and all Fry’s employees work hard. That’s not the issue. The issue “Vainglory”.


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