Yes it will. People need to simply know what a lack of respect is to know what respect is. And most people do. Therefore the respect will mean something, as people will know and appreciate it. Respect is used to keep things civil, and keep people in a good mood, or at least a better mood. A lack of respect destroys arguments and turns them into fights. Always treat others kindly, and with respect, regardless of who they are or what they've done.
It takes more than existing to earn my respect. You have to do well with what you have. "I believe in God" is not doing well with what you have, it's being a psychotic nutcase. I don't respect religion, and I never will. It's fucked up the world and my life far too many times for it to ever be a respectable institution.